The process of adopting a child can be very emotional for families, and often may be more complicated than the family initially expects. It is important that the statutory guidelines and procedures are followed from the outset in adoption proceedings, and our attorneys have the knowledge and experience to ensure that the necessary procedures are followed and documents filed based upon the individual circumstances and that the process goes as smoothly as possible.
Notably, there are different requirements for different categories of adoptions, which include step-parent adoptions, relative adoptions, third party adoptions, DFCS or agency adoptions, foreign adoptions, and the emerging category of embryo adoptions. Each category of adoption has specific filing requirements, and often involves the surrender or termination of parental rights of the birth mother or father, which can be extremely difficult to navigate without the assistance of an experienced attorney.
Moreover, the transport of a child over state lines for the purposes of adoption involves the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC), which requires additional paperwork and applications with multiple state and government agencies. Similarly, if the child potentially has any Native American (Indian) heritage, the adoption proceedings will be subject to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), which is a Federal law that governs jurisdiction over the removal of Native American (Indian) children from their families, and may require extensive inquiries or dealings with tribal governments. There are many other nuances of adoption law which require strict compliance, and our attorneys are equipped to assist our clients with these matters and ensure the best possible outcome.
If you find yourself needing to talk to one of our experienced family law attorneys regarding how to maneuver through the court system for adoptions, contact our legal team at Thompson, Meier & King, serving Canton, Cherokee County and the surrounding north Georgia area.