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.