Adoption may be one of life's most rewarding experiences; but the adoption process itself may be overwhelming. Not only do you have to work through the emotional and financial issues of expanding your family, but you also have to maneuver through the legal process. We are prepared to guide you through the adoption process. What is adoption?
Adoption is a process in which you assume all of the parental and legal responsibility for a child. By doing so, you formally and permanently transfer all rights and responsibilities from the biological parents to yourself. Are there different types of adoptions?
Children come into families in a number of different ways. A child can be matched with you through a private agency, such as Catholic Charities, or Lutheran Social Services. Children can also be brought into your family in purely private situations in which you know or are introduced to a birth mother who is interested in placing a baby in your home. You may be a step mother or father interested in adopting your Husband or Wife's child. Or, you may be a foster parent or family member with whom the State of Indiana has placed a child as a result of abuse or neglect by that child's biological parent(s). How much does it cost to adopt?
The attorney fee, and the required costs payable to third parties (for home study fees, placement fees, birth mother expenses and support), all vary greatly with the situation. In some cases, there may be assistance available through the State of Indiana for those families with whom children were placed for relative or foster care. We will work with you by arranging a payment plan for the attorney fee portion of the case. Costs to third parties must be paid in full as they arise. What does my attorney do?
As your attorney, we would prepare all of the legal documents to file with the Court, and obtain the necessary documents from the State of Indiana and other agencies. Depending on whether it is an agency placement or a private placement, we can prepare and obtain consents for adoption from the birth parents. We will also represent you at the final hearing to obtain your adoption decree. Is adoption right for me?
This is a decision that only you can make. Adoption can impose a heavy financial burden in addition to the emotional burden of adding to your family. Some situations involve too much risk or uncertainty to be in your best interests, and sometimes birth mothers in private adoptions do not follow through with the process. We are prepared to help you consider each situation and help you make the best decision for your family. Where do I start?
You can contact our office before or after you have been matched with a child. Or, if you have not been matched with a child, you may consider contacting an adoption agency to enroll in the process of being potentially matched with a child. If you have been matched with a child, you can set up an appointment with our office to initiate the legal steps to finalize the adoption.
If you choose our law firm, you will benefit from our relaxed and hands-on approach to cases, while receiving quality legal representation. You will be assigned a lawyer and legal assistant who will handle all aspects of your case and who will be available anytime you have questions.
We believe this is especially important in guardianship cases. Becoming a legal guardian, or deciding to appoint someone else as a guardian, is not an easy decision. It can be even more difficult if the guardianship is contested. We will sit down with you to answer your questions and guide you through the process. We will make sure you fully understand what a guardianship means so you can feel confident in your decision.
In addition to helping clients become a guardian, we also serve as legal guardians for children and vulnerable adults. Sometimes adults do not have family members and need a third-party to act as a guardian. In other cases, a third party guardian for children can help avoid family conflict. You can be certain we will act with honesty, professionalism and integrity when serving as a legal guardian for those in need.
If you have questions about becoming a guardian or if you need a legal guardian for a family member, please give us a call to discuss your situation with one of our Fort Wayne guardianship attorneys. Call 888-255-7910
to speak to a lawyer, or send us an e-mail to schedule an initial consultation.