There are many things to think about when you are deciding about adding children to your family. Becoming an adoptive parent is one option, but there are many important issues which need to be considered. Having an experienced attorney to help you through the adoption process can make the process much easier.
If you are desiring to adopt a child, there are certain legal steps which need to be completed and important decisions to make. Are you looking to adopt an infant, or an older child? Each of these situations demand specific requirements to be completed before the adoption can happen.
If you are a step-parent wanting to adopt the child of your spouse, there are specific steps that will need to be followed. Different rules apply depending on the situation and involvement of the biological parent whose rights are to be taken away. One will need to look at how much contact the biological parent has had with their child and weigh it against how much the step-parent has been involved in the child’s life. The court will determine what is in the best interest of the child, but only after certain specific legal hurdles have been met.
If you are a grandparent whose adult child has not been able to fulfill their parental responsibilities, you may be able to step in to obtain custody of your grandchild through adoption. However, the rules for this adoption situation are very specific and dependent on the specific facts of your situation.
At Heller & Thyen, P.A., our adoption attorneys in the greater St. Cloud area are very experienced in this area of law. We can answer your questions and help guide you through what can be a wonderful and rewarding adoption experience for your family. Knowing every family situation is unique, we want to share with you the detailed aspects of how adoption law works in order to help parents adopt the children who need the closeness of a special family.