An important part of any adoption is legal advice from an attorney experienced in handling adoption. The initial consultation should provide an overview of the legal process and legal issues involved. State laws vary as to consents by prospective birth parents, payment of prospective birthmother expenses, restrictions on advertising, and the ability to pursue a private adoption.
Without initial legal advice, prospective adoptive parents may make commitments that they cannot fulfill, that may jeopardize the Court’s approval of the adoption or more importantly, be illegal and subject to criminal prosecution. The rights of prospective birth fathers must be addressed early in the process to reduce the risk of a disrupted adoption.
In choosing an attorney, experienced in handling private and agency adoption, it is important to ask for references. Those who have gone through the process often provide the best insight on the attorney’s abilities.