Adopting a child is a wonderful way to expand your family and share in the joy of giving the child a better life. However, the adoption process can be lengthy and challenging. A meticulous attention to detail is essential for making sure everything is done correctly.
At the law firm of Betsy A. Fischer, LLC, our lawyer has more than two decades of experience guiding clients through adoptions from start to finish. We aim to make the process as swift and stress-free as possible.
One of the most common types of adoption arises when stepparents seek to formalize the strong bond with their stepchildren. While you may already be acting as the child’s parent, pursuing adoption will create the legal recognition that is so important for many families. It is also the gateway to important rights such as inheritance.
In some situations, it makes sense for grandparents or other relatives to adopt children who are next of kin. Perhaps you have already been raising the children. Perhaps the parents are unable to properly care for the children due to alcohol or drug abuse, chemical dependency, neglect or other issues. Deciding to adopt is a valiant decision that can turn the tide of a child’s life.
Louisiana family law does not permit children to have more than two legally recognized parents. Thus in order to adopt, you must first locate the child’s birth parent (or parents) and obtain their consent to relinquish their parental rights. Alternatively, you may have to pursue proceedings to terminate the parents’ rights involuntarily. This step is critical in laying a strong foundation for the adoption.
The adoption process also requires thorough and strategic preparation. You must undergo certain steps to show you can provide a safe and stable environment for the children. We can assist you in navigating the process and ensuring that all the legwork is correctly done.
Although adoptions sometimes involve a great deal of hassle and delay, all the effort will have been worthwhile once you can truly call the child your own.
If you are considering adoption, please contact our office to arrange a consultation with our attorney. Based in Metairie, we handle cases throughout the Greater New Orleans region.