The Family Law Center
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Licensed in Kentucky and West Virginia

Adoption

Adoption is the legal process which allows a family to make a child who is not biologically their own a part of their family. Every adoption, whether foreign or domestic, requires the action and approval of a court to become final.

At the Family Law Center, we represent families who which to adopt children because we believe strongly in the concept of "FAMILY" and truly enjoy seeing families come together. Even more special is knowledge "the child" is becoming part of a loving caring family unit. There are many reasons why children are placed for adoption. Perhaps the child was born to youthful parents who have now visible means to support and care for the child. Perhaps the parents are struggling with issues of substance abuse and or addiction and are unable to adequately care for their child. Whatever the reason, it is a beautiful thing when a child moves from a situation where they are getting less then appropriate care to a situation where the family is strong and absolutely devoted to the health.

Every adoption, whether foreign or domestic, requires the action and approval of a court to become final, and each state has its own adoption policies and procedures. Most states have measures in place to assess the fitness of the adopting parents. Adopted children generally receive all the benefits afforded to natural children, and parents owe adopted children the same legal duties of care and support owed to a natural or birth child of the marriage.

Each state has its own policies and procedures controlling child adoption. Most states have measures in place to assess the fitness of the adopting parents. Upon adoption, adopted children generally receive all the benefits afforded to natural children and parents owe adopted children all the legal duties of care and support owed to a natural or birth child of the marriage. A family law attorney who offers adoption-related services at Angotti & Straface in Morgantown, West Virginia can help both adoptive and birth parents throughout all phases of the adoption process.

We perform adoptions for private agencies as well as, state adoptions, foreign adoptions as well as independent or private adoptions. It is our task to ensure that everyone understands their rights and responsibilities prior to and following the conclusion of the adoption. A crucial first step in the adoption process is to make sure a full and complete and final termination of the biological parental rights is made to prevent potential catastrophic problems which could interfere with the adoption.

The adoption process relieves biological parents of their legal obligations and financial responsibilities to the child. In the past, adoption also meant birth parents relinquished the child forever without the privilege of seeing the child or being otherwise involved in the child's life. However, in some situations, it may be possible for the biological parents to have some contact with their adopted child.

Adoption may occur with the consent of the biological parents or may occur as a result of a Termination of Parental Rights. Our office is prepared to litigate an "agreed" adoption or one that may involve the "termination of parental rights". Termination of Parental Rights" prior to adoption is appropriate when a biological parent:

  1. Does not and has not paid child support.
  2. Is not and has not been involved in the child's life.
  3. When the step parent has become the child's role model.

Our office can provide for the legal finality for the real life reality of the current situation. "Guardianship" may be a good alternative for grandparents who need to care for children on a temporary basis and in situations where an adoption cannot be performed.

In any instance, it would be our pleasure to work with you during this entire process. Please contact our office for a FREE consultation.