Adoption laws vary from state to state and sometimes county to county.
The legal process is the last leg of a sometimes long adoption relay race. As with every race, the last leg is the most important. Adoption safety is every family's primary concern. That is why we follow the safest legal avenues and utilize only the best adoption attorneys in the country. As you know, attorneys specialize much like physicians, so our first priority is to ascertain that the adoption is legally secure. The finalization is often performed in the birth parents' state. We highly suggest utilizing the agency attorneys as we have selected each very carefully. This helps diminish confusion and eradicate errors. It is no secret that legal loopholes are the main reason adoptions are overturned. Your legal services are the safety of your adoption and are not an area to cut corners or costs. We STRONGLY RECOMMEND using attorneys within our network.
Some families have an attorney friend or have heard positive things about an attorney who specializes in adoption. Consequently, families will ask if they can use these attorneys in their adoption. Unfortunately, most times these attorneys are not in our adoption network. Seeking advice from attorneys outside our network can be very complicated and often leads to problems. Here are a few reasons why:
On a side note, we have found an attorney's experience in adoption does not guarantee efficiency, competence, or responsiveness. With attorneys out of our network, there are many times we essentially do an attorney's work for them. Such a formula is risky for families and can seriously jeopardize the safety of your adoption. Consequently, we reserve the right to refuse working with attorneys outside of our network. In many areas, using out of network attorneys is not an option. If you are considering using an out of network attorney, you must seek our approval prior to joining our list. To work with attorneys outside of our network, we charge a minimum of $1,000 to cover additional staff time.
In order to complete the adoption the courts must finalize it. The amount of time it takes to finalize an adoption depends on the state in which you adopt. Each state's finalization laws are different and can vary from 10 days to 12 months. We will provide you with all of the legal and post-placement information for your adoption once a match has occurred. This service is provided by our network of attorneys and is included in their fee.
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