Adoption in Kentucky is an exciting process and one that can change a child’s life forever. When a parent or couple decides to adopt, they’ll likely face many legal questions as they work through paperwork, meetings, conflicts, and future plans.
At Schaffner Family Law, we believe that helping a child find stability in a life that may have previously been unstable is one of the most satisfying things that a lawyer can do. In this article, we offer several ways we can help make your adoption dreams come true.
Family Member Adoptions
Many adoption cases involve parents who want to adopt a family member. These may include:
- Stepparents wanting to adopt their stepchild
- Grandparents wanting to adopt their grandchild
- Aunts or uncles wanting to adopt nieces or nephews
- Other forms of family member adoptions
Family member adoptions can be challenging if contested by the biological parent or parents. In that case, the family member will likely need to take the necessary first step of terminating the birth parent’s rights. If the biological parent refuses to cooperate, you will need the help of an adoption attorney to prove that the birth parent has abandoned, abused, or neglected the child.
Foster Child Adoption
A foster child adoption involves adopting a child who has been placed into the foster care system. Whether you’ve already gone through the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to have a foster child placed in your care or you are interested in the steps to achieve this, an adoption attorney can help parents who want to:
- Get involved with the foster system as a foster parent
- Adopt a child from the foster system
- Find resources and information about foster child adoption
- Advocate or litigate on behalf of a foster child
In any custody and adoption case, a child’s welfare is a priority.
Adopting a child in Kentucky doesn’t need to be a litigated, or “contested,” process. However, even an uncontested adoption involves a lot of paperwork and legal processes that are best faced with an attorney. The state of Kentucky requires potential parents to meet several deadlines and file specific documents to ensure the best placement of a child.
An attorney with adoption experience can help navigate the state process of adopting a child, including:
- Determining the best process to meet your goals
- Understanding the Kentucky adoption code
- Drafting and filing paperwork on your behalf
Northern Kentucky Adoption Lawyer
At Schaffner Family Law, we have 20+ years of experience and empathize with prospective parents navigating the adoption process and do our best to find solutions that work for you. We take pride in our ability to solve problems creatively and competently, and we encourage clients to be honest and real with us so we can find their best-case resolution.
If you are looking for an adoption lawyer in Kentucky, schedule a confidential consultation with us today.