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Las Vegas Adoption Attorneys

Adoption is generally a good thing and usually a very happy day for most families. 

But...the adoption process can seem daunting and confusing.

Hiring a knowledgeable and experienced adoption attorney for your adoption can ensure that the adoption process goes smoothly, is handled quickly and allows for your rights to be protected.

Finding an adoption attorney experienced with both private adoptions and CPS/DFS is critical to having a smooth and successful adoption. 

In this article we take the guesswork out of the adoption process so that your adoption can proceed quickly and smoothly.

In this article you will learn:

  • How the adoption process works
  • What rights biological parents still have after the adoption is final
  • Key components of the Open Adoption Agreement
  • Why hiring an Experienced Adoption Attorney is critical for the best possible outcome in your case. 

Why do people adopt children?

There are many reasons why people choose to adopt. 

Some people are not able to have children and want to start a family of their own. 

Other adoptive parents were previously foster parents to children in the foster care system and want to provide those children with permanency and a stable home. 

Still other adoptive parents are relatives or fictive kin of the biological parents and are raising someone else's children already. 

In order to make their relationship permanent and legal, adoption is the only way.

Can the biological parents still have contact with the child after the adoption?

The answer to this questions largely depends upon the type of adoption the adoptive parents and the biological parent want. 

Below we give you some guidance about critical terms for the Open Adoption Agreement.

For the purposes of this section, an open adoption agreement is a formal contract between the adoptive parents and the biological parents that allows the biological parents to continue to have some form of contact with the child once the adoption is final.

Closed adoptions keep the identity of the parents sealed and there is no contact between the child and the biological parents once the adoption process is complete.

If the adoption is through a State agency, such as CPS, it will be up to the agency as well as the adoptive parents to determine whether an open adoption is in the children's best interests.

For example, in cases of sexual assault or severe bodily injury to a child, there is a good chance that the State will discourage the adoptive parents from allowing contact between the child and the biological parent.

Will I have to have a home study before the adoption is complete?

Whether or not a home study is required before an adoption is completed will depend on whether or not the adoption is a private adoption or being completed as part of a CPS case. 

In most CPS adoption cases, a home study will be complete before the children are placed with the adoptive parents. So chances are you will only need one home study.  

However, if the adoption is a private adoption, a home study may be required depending on the adoptive parent's relationship to the child being adopted. 

In most cases, where the adoption is being completed through a private adoption agency or whether the adoptive parent is not related to the child being adopted, a home study may be required. 

If the adoptive parents are related to the child, it is unlikely the Court will require a home study before the adoption is granted.

How long will the adoption process take?

The answer here is "it depends."

If the adoption is being completed as part of a CPS case, it can take as little as six (6) months but sometimes a year or longer for the adoption to be complete. 

This of course, assumes, that the natural parents have been terminated or that the natural parents have relinquished their parental rights. If the natural parents are fighting to keep their parental rights, you should expect the adoption process to take a minimum of eighteen months if CPS is involved.

For private adoptions, again it depends largely on how cooperative the natural parents are. 

If the parents have consented to the adoption, the adoption can usually be completed in a matter of months. 

If the natural parents do not consent to the adoption, it can take months or even years to complete the adoption process. 

Also if the natural parents cannot be found, this can delay the adoption process as the natural parents will need to be served by publication which can take at least six to eight weeks to complete. 

 Why should I hire you for my adoption?

At Rosenblum Law Offices, our Las Vegas Adoption Attorneys have handled hundreds of both private adoptions and State agency adoptions. 

We are skilled at negotiating open adoption agreements that protect the children, the biological parents and the adoptive resource. 

Adopting a child is a life changing decision and it is important to have sound legal advice through the adoption process. At Rosenblum Law Offices, our Adoption Attorneys can help. Call us today to discuss your adoption case at (702) 433-2889 or fill out our online form on our contact page for more information.