Adoption Attorney in Portland

Guiding Families Through the Complex Adoption Process

Adoption can be one of the most complex legal processes in family law. In order for an individual or a couple to welcome another person into their family as a legal son or daughter, the child must have either been born to them or adopted. A person has no legal rights as another person's mother or father unless they are legally established as the parent. Adoption allows someone who is not a legal mother or father of a certain child to become one.

Types of Adoption in Oregon

The most common type of adoption is the adoption of children by unrelated individuals or couples. Stepparent adoption is also very common, since stepparents have no rights as a child's legal parent unless they go through the adoption process, even though they have married the child's birth parent. Adoptions can be interstate, intrastate, or international adoptions, each of which has its own process and rules.

What does adoption involve?

Adoption is usually accomplished through the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) or through an agency, together with the counsel and guidance of a Portland family lawyer. You will generally receive training from the DHS to prepare you for adoption and for receiving a new child into your home. You will then complete an application along with four or five references so that a background check can be performed. The DHS will perform a home study, examining you and your family's home and lifestyle to ensure that you are capable of welcoming a child into your home and that it is in the child's best interests.

Once the home study is complete, you must wait for a match. The child will then be placed in your home for a transition period, during which time you and the child will be supervised by an agent from the DHS. If the transition period is successful and if the child and your family are happy, final paperwork will be required to finalize the adoption so that you are considered the child's legal parent.

Retain a Portland Family Law Attorney from McKinley Irvin

McKinley Irvin is a premier family law firm serving Portland and all of Oregon, as well as Vancouver, Washington and all of Washington State. Our attorneys include some of the most accomplished family law attorneys in the region. We provide personal service to our clients as they go through the difficult and often emotionally stressful adoption process, supporting them from the moment they apply until the moment they receive their certificate of adoption. Please contact us for more information.

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