Can’t you just rely on the adoption agency to get things right? No, you can’t assume that an adoption agency won’t make mistakes. Every year scores of innocent prospective adoptive parents find themselves facing felony charges for adoption fraud. The website LegalMatch.com has written an exceptional article that discusses the matter of wrongful adoption.1
Lack of advertising: An important part of the adoption process is finding adoption opportunities for hopeful parents. This means reaching out to prospective birth mothers with family profiles through a process called adoption advertising. While adoption agencies typically have processes and staff members dedicated to this kind of advertising, adoption attorneys do not. Because of this, a family may feel the need to try to advertise by themselves, which is problematic. In some states, it is illegal for families to advertise on their own. When it is illegal, it can be costly and ineffective. For perspective, the largest national agencies carefully track marketing success and have major networking contacts, but still spend an average of $8,000 to $10,000 in advertising for each successful adoption. A family can expect to potentially pay more in advertising through an adoption law firm, especially if the ad is placed on your own.
“The Academy is pleased to now have one unified name that reflects our international reach as well as our credentialed presence in the law of family formation – whether that formation be via adoption, ART, or both. AAAA was formed in 1990. The subsidiary AAARTA was formed in 2009. The new unified name represents a blend of a well-established method of family building and securing parentage for children through adoption with the newer technologies of building and securing families through assisted reproductive technologies.”
An adoption lawyer helps to place children with parents other than their birth parents. An adoption cuts off the birth parents' rights and responsibilities, and gives them to the adoptive parents. Once an adoption is final, the adopted child receives the same legal treatment as a biological child. Adoption is often an emotional time and an adoption lawyer can help you make the right decisions for the child.
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Your adoption attorney will accompany you to the court hearings after your adoption case is filed. In Missouri, adoptive parents can expect to attend two hearings. The first hearing will not occur until the child is at least 48 hours old. The second hearing occurs after you have had custody of the child for six months. In Kansas, adoptive parents typically attend only one court hearing, which usually occurs within 60 days after the adoption case is filed. At the final adoption hearing in both Missouri and Kansas, your attorney will obtain a decree/judgment of adoption for you. For many people, this may be the first time you are in a courtroom or the first time you must testify. Your adoption attorney will make sure you know what to expect at the hearings.