Legal adoptions can occur under various circumstances, each of which are governed by different procedures and requirements. Infants, older children, step-children and adults can all be adopted. Adoptions can be facilitated through designated agencies or private placements. Adoptions can originate domestically or adoptions secured in foreign countries can (and should) be formalized domestically.
The rules and procedures governing adoptions can be quite detailed and involve multiple issues. The failure to properly adhere to the legal requirements can have extensive implications to the validity of an adoption. Our family law attorneys have extensive experience in guiding clients through the entire adoption process.