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Adoption Attorney in Chesterfield

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Parents with adopted childThe process of adoption is an important family decision. Bringing a new child into the family is an important legal decision, too. Once the court grants an adoption, the adopting parents are legally responsible for the support, maintenance, welfare, and education of that child. An adoption creates a permanent legal relationship between the child and parents. The adopted child is seen as a biological child of the adopting parents in the eyes of the law.

If you are facing the complicated adoption process, Laurie A. Knight, Attorney at Law, LLC can help. Laurie is a skilled adoption lawyer in Chesterfield who is ready to put her experience to work for your family.

Contact Laurie A. Knight, Attorney at Law, LLC at (636) 200-5533 today to get started.

The Adoption Process

The legal process begins with a petition to the court. The prospective parents must undergo an adoption home study process. Normally, the home study includes a criminal and child abuse/neglect background check, classes, home visits, and an extensive interview by a social worker. The interview may cover your family background, your income and household expenses, statements from primary care physicians, and references. A report is generated by the social worker at the end of the process and provides a recommendation as to the fitness of the prospective parents to adopt. The cost of an adoption study is dependent on the type of adoption and who conducts the study.

The court will appoint a Guardian ad Litem to represent the child’s best interest in the case. After conducting an investigation into the child’s best interest, the Guardian ad Litem will make a recommendation to the court. A hearing will be held, and a judge will grant or deny the adoption.

Responsibilities of an Adoptive Parent

Once the court grants the adoption, the adoptive parents are legally responsible for the adopted child. The adoptive parents must provide for the child’s welfare, education, health, and support. If the adoptive parents divorce, the court will decide child custody and support of the adopted child. The adoptive parents and the adopted child have inheritance rights after the adoption.

Step-Parent Adoptions

Many times, a parent will remarry and his or her new spouse becomes involved in the parenting of the child from a prior relationship because the natural parent has had no contact with the child and does not provide for that child’s needs financially. The step-parent cares for and loves the child as if the child is his/her own child. With a step-parent adoption, this relationship will be legally recognized.

The court will terminate the rights of the natural parent due to that parent’s lack of contact and financial support. Once the natural parent’s rights are terminated, the court will proceed with the adoption by the step-parent. The step-parent that chooses to adopt is making a life-long commitment to that child. By adopting, the step-parent will become legally responsible for the child’s welfare and support.

Foster Child Adoptions

When a parent has abused or neglected his or her child, the Department of Social Services – Children’s Division becomes involved with the family. In certain abuse and neglect cases, the Juvenile Court will terminate the parental rights of the natural parents. These children need a permanent loving home, and adoption is the answer.

For help with an adoption case, call Laurie A. Knight, Attorney at Law, LLC at (636) 200-5533.

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