An important part of any adoption is legal advice from an attorney experienced in handling adoption. Having an attorney represent the family who routinely handles adoptions will not only facilitate a more efficient adoption process, but most importantly, it will safeguard the parties from any loopholes or errors that could prevent the adoption from being finalized. The initial consultation with an adoption attorney, should provide an overview of the legal process and legal issues involved. State laws vary as to relinquishments/consents by prospective birth parents and the payments of living expenses.
Without initial legal advice, prospective adoptive parents may make commitments that they cannot fulfill or 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 also be addressed early in the process to reduce the risk of a disrupted adoption.
It is important to ask for references when trying to locate an adoption attorney who is experienced in handling adoptions. Adoptive parents who have gone through the process often provide the best insight on the attorney’s abilities.