Tri-Cities Adoption Lawyers

The Process of Adoption

Adoption is the legal process in which someone other than a child's biological parent is made his or her legal parent. This is done in a court proceeding ending with a Decree of Adoption. 

Unlike with guardianship—which can be temporary—adoption permanently ends the legal relationship between the biological parent(s) and child. It can therefore be a more lengthy and involved process, which is why it's a good idea to have an experienced adoption lawyer on your side. 

Choosing an Adoption Lawyer

An adoption lawyer plays a very important role in the legal process of adoption, which is why the attorney you choose to handle your case is an important decision. 

Adoption lawyers can assist you with your adoption in a variety of ways, including (but not limited to): 

  • Helping you petition the courts to become the adoptive parent or legal guardian of a child. 
  • Working with adoption agencies to facilitate the legal criteria of adoption.
  • Filing necessary paperwork with the courts.
  • Handling communication, paperwork, and other matters between biological parents and prospective adoptive parents. 
  • Representing you in court proceedings.
  • Connecting you with other resources for adoptive parents in your area. 

Common Questions About Adoption

Why do I need an adoption lawyer?

Depending on the circumstances, the process of legally adopting a minor can turn into a complicated legal matter. An adoption lawyer can help guide you through the entire process, providing advice and guidance based on years of experience dealing with adoption cases. 

What has to happen in order for me to adopt a child?

In order for a minor to be adopted, the biological parent(s) must consent to the adoption, or the court must terminate their rights. If a child who is the subject of an adoption is 14 years of age or older, he or she must also consent in order for an adoption to be completed. 

What is the most common type of adoption?

The most common form of adoption is a step-parent adoption, most often occurring when a step-parent adopts his or her spouse’s biological child. Another common procedure is the adoption of a young child by a husband and wife or by domestic partners.


Speak With Our Attorney

Arthur D. Klym has over 40 years experience in adoption law. Ask us anything here or better yet schedule a consultation and see what we can do for you.