Mt. Juliet and Lebanon TN

If you are considering adopting, or are considering giving up your baby for adoption, you need to be aware of the different types of adoption, what your options are, and the process for completing these options.

Adoptions can be a complicated process, which is why we recommend consulting an attorney if you are considering adopting a child. We can take care of the details for you, and make sure your rights or the rights of your child are protected.

Agency adoptions

These type of adoptions take place through an actual adoption agency that is licensed and regulated by the state. There are public and private adoption agencies, and both come with advantages and disadvantages such as requirements, the length of time to adopt, and cost. Be sure to vet through these aspects before choosing an agency. Adoptions through an agency usually involve fees.

Independent adoptions

We often see these type of adoptions in movies, but you may not hear about them as often in real life. An independent adoption is when the birth parents and adoptive parents use a go-between to arrange the adoption. However, if you are considering this type of adoption, it is best to seek the advice of an attorney that specializes in this area. We can make sure you and your soon to be adopted child are legally protected throughout the adoption process.

Open or closed adoptions

An open adoption allows the biological parents some level of contact with the child after the adoption takes place. However, a closed adoption usually means there is no contact or information that can be accessed by either party after the adoption is complete. Deciding which route is best for you or your baby may be a difficult decision. Be sure to consult an adoption attorney before deciding which route you want to take.

Stepparent adoptions

This type of adoption occurs when the new spouse of a parent wishes to adopt the child. Stepparent adoptions are quite common today. It can be a fairly easy process, as long as all parties involved agree to the terms. However, if the biological parent is not willing to relinquish his or hers rights, an attorney may be needed. Stepparent adoptions often result in changing the child’s last name, if desired.

International adoptions

Usually a lengthier process, going this route means that you have to fulfill the laws of the state in which you reside, as well as for the host country. This option is more involved, and almost always requires the need for an adoption attorney.

If you are considering adoption, it is best to contact an attorney first, so that you can be made aware of your options and legally responsibility. Contact the Law Office of Yancy Belcher at (615) 773-2889 to learn more about our adoption services in this area including Mt. Juliet, Hermitage, and Lebanon, TN.

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