We will work with you to ensure you and your family’s best interests are protected. There are many potential roadblocks and challenges on the path to adoption, but the end result is always worth it. In the case of a private adoption, an attorney can act as a mediator, establishing communication between both families to make sure that everyone understands and really agrees to the terms of the adoption. An attorney can ensure all concerns are resolved to everyone's best benefit.
Children need the love, nurturing and security of great parents to develop into mature adults. Whether you’ve struggled with infertility, or have the desire to make a difference in the life a child without parents, adopting a child can be very rewarding. While exploring adoption and family planning, it’s common to have many questions about the process such as the differences between a facilitator or an agency, what does the home study process look like? How does the placement work? Gevurtz Menashe family law attorneys are here to help through every step of the process.
In Oregon and Washington, the adoption process may consist of a home study conducted by an adoption agency, an open adoption contract, state and federal guidelines, and private negotiations and stipulations. In the case of a private adoption, the family of the child may have their own requirements and may need to be negotiated. A well-written adoption contract is important to arranging a private adoption.
Adoption laws vary from state to state. In Washington, a birth mother and father must wait 48 hours after birth to sign consent for the adoption. Oregon allows the birth parents to sign consent forms immediately after birth. There are also differences between the states regarding medical expenses. While Washington has no statute regarding how adoptive parents pay for the birth, Oregon requires a full accounting of all expenses paid by the adoptive parents.
International adoption can present even further challenges, as the customs, laws, and regulations surrounding adoption differ across international borders. A family law attorney can help you navigate these complex immigration issues, and your Gevurtz Menashe lawyer can work with an immigration lawyer to be sure those issues are properly addressed.
An experienced adoption attorney will be aware of the differences and help guide an adoption process that involves more than one state. Once the adoption process has been completed, a Gevurtz Menashe estate planning attorney helps ensure that your new child is part of your family legacy and taken of if something unexpected should happen to you.