THINKING OF ADOPTING?
Nanci specializes in Collaborative Law solutions to bring both birth and adoptive parents together for the best possible outcome for a child.
An adoption creates a legal parent-child relationship between the adopting parent(s) and the child:
● It gives both the adopting parents and the child many legal rights and responsibilities, some of which continue into the child’s adulthood.
● It will reconstitute rights formerly held by the birth parents.
● It is permanent. Once the adoption is final, it can only be revoked under very unusual circumstances.
OUTCOME FOR THE BIRTH PARENTS
The decision of the birth parents to give up their child for adoption is the most giving decision a birth parent can make. Using a collaborative process helps all parties create a positive start to a young life.
● The birth parents have an equal role in the negotiations and can have their voices heard and their needs met.
● They are generally relieved of any responsibilities to the child, including the child’s care, education and support.
OUTCOME FOR THE ADOPTING PARENTS
The collaborative process allows adopting parents to express their preferences and concerns and get their needs met in a supportive, non-judgmental environment:
● They become legally responsible for the child’s care, education and support until adulthood.
● They can negotiate to be present at the child’s birth.
OUTCOME FOR THE CHILD
Once the adoption is final, the child becomes a full-fledged member of a new family:
● The child may or may not lose their right to visitation with their birth parents, depending upon negotiations.
● The child is relieved of any legal responsibilities to their birth parents.
● The child loses the right to inherit from their birth parents if the birth parents die without a will.
HOW NANCI CAN HELP WITH THE ADOPTION PROCESS
Before the final papers are ready to be filed with the probate court, Nanci and her team will ensure that:
All of the terms negotiated during the process are legally binding.
All of the stake-holders have had an opportunity to be heard and have their needs met.
All of the documents you will need are signed and ready to be filed with the court.