Adoption Questions & Answers by State

Adoption Questions & Answers

Q: we have permanent custody of a child can we adopt her without getting biological parents permission

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Georgia on May 21, 2014

Answered on May 24, 2014

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Rachel Lea Hunter's answer
Yes and no. You have to first terminate the biological parents' parental rights. If they will not consent, then you have to bring involuntary termination proceedings under OCGA § 15-11-260 - § 15-11 - 323.

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Q: What would need to be done if I wanted to petition for guardianship of my two granddaughters.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Rhode Island on May 14, 2014

Answered on May 22, 2014

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Neville Bedford's answer
Meet with a family court practitioner to review the situation and assist you in making the modifications you desire.

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Q: My husband wants to adopt my daughters from a previous marriage. if my ex agrees- can I file papers myself?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Rhode Island on May 20, 2014

Answered on May 22, 2014

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Neville Bedford's answer
Yes, you are free to represent yourself. Sadly, it won't be very easy as you are likely not familiar with the policies and procedures of the courts. Engaging a professional attorney to assist you in navigating the courts ways will be far more efficient and effective. The fees for legal representation in consensual adoption matters can be very reasonable.

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Q: What is my first step?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Rhode Island on Feb 27, 2014

Answered on May 14, 2014

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Neville Bedford's answer
Call an attorney to set up a private meeting and retain them to assist you in the process of adopting the child after it is born.

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Q: Do I have to hire an attorney to get a copy of my adoption papers. step-father adopted me in '72 after he married my mom

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Alabama on Dec 18, 2013

Answered on Apr 5, 2014

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William E. Scully Jr.'s answer
Well, come on back to your 'Sweet Home Alabama.' It's a great place and it misses you! On a serious note, even though you don't live here, you will need come to an Alabama court to get the information you seek if the adoption happened here. And, you would be best served to hire an Alabama attorney. Alabama Code Section 26-10A-31 governs the release of information about adoptions. In general information about an adoption is confidential. The statute sets out a procedure whereby you can ask...

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Q: What paperwork do i have to file pro se on an adoption i have paperwok from legal aid but no one can tell me what to do

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Oklahoma on Dec 30, 2013

Answered on Jan 3, 2014

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Howard Berkson's answer
Legal aid should be able to assist you unless you do not qualify for their services. If legal aid cannot help you, check with non-profit organizations that facilitate adoption such as Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City or Heritage Family Services in Tulsa.

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Q: How can my husband go about adopting my daughter?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Oklahoma on Sep 12, 2012

Answered on Dec 8, 2013

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Howard Berkson's answer
You should consult with an adoption agency in Oklahoma or an attorney familiar with Oklahoma adoption law. We don't have enough information to be more specific.

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Q: My husband and I would like to adopt our granddaughter, we have had guardianship for ver 2 yrs

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Oklahoma on Jan 4, 2013

Answered on Dec 7, 2013

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Howard Berkson's answer
You should talk to an adoption agency or an attorney familiar with Oklahoma's adoption procedures and requirements.

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Q: I'm 22yrs old, can I un-adopt myself since I'm and adult? And how?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Oklahoma on Jun 27, 2013

Answered on Sep 30, 2013

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Doak Willis' answer
No. There is no provision in the Oklahoma Statutes for a person who has been adopted to "unadopt" themselves. If your wanting merely to change your name, there are methods of so doing within the Statutes.

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Q: I have legal custody of my grandson.I would like to adopt him but cannot afford lawyer fees.Is there any way I can do it?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Florida on Jul 8, 2013

Answered on Jul 23, 2013

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
Adoption is extremely important to do right, and what you should do is save up to get this done. I think the filing fees are over $400, and a reasonable attorney's fee would hopefully be less than $1000, but it does depend upon where you are in the state.

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Q: Where can i find a pro bono lawyer in Florida to help me adopt twin from Canada ?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Florida on Feb 17, 2013

Answered on May 9, 2013

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
You might be able to get help from your local legal aid society.

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Q: I have a 15 year old friend who's parents want to dis own her what do I do to adopt her and make her mine ?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Florida on Apr 29, 2013

Answered on May 9, 2013

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
Get to an attorney who does adoptions. The process can be relatively easy and swift if both parents consent.

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Q: My husband of 29/yrs wants to adopt my disabled son, his father has not supported him over 30/yrs What needs to be done?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Florida on Feb 28, 2013

Answered on Apr 29, 2013

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
You need to get to an attorney to find out what can be done. It may be the adoption of an adult, which will be much easier, because the biological father's consent will not be required.

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Q: My sister is trying to have her husband adopt her son, but the biological father lives in another state, how would she?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Florida on Mar 18, 2013

Answered on Apr 29, 2013

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
She needs the consent of the father in order to effect a step parent adoption. She needs to hire an attorney.

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Q: In what cases would lawyers consider taking a case pro bono.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Illinois on Jan 3, 2013

Answered on Jan 31, 2013

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Timothy J. Deffet's answer
Take a look at this list of pro bono clinics.

http://www.ag.state.il.us/about/CHICAGO%20AREA%20LEGAL%20SERVICE%20PROVI...

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Q: Do I have to have a lawyer to find my birthparents if it's a closed adoption?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Utah on Dec 16, 2012

Answered on Jan 14, 2013

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Jason F. Barnes' answer
The short answer to your question is no, you can represent yourself in any legal matter. However, the question you should have asked is, can an attorney help me find my birthparents if it was a closed adoption? The answer is, probably not.

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Q: In Utah, how do I adopt my wife's 3-year-old who has been under my care for 2 yrs? Biological father has done nothing since child was 6-months-old

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Utah on Jul 18, 2012

Answered on Nov 8, 2012

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Jason F. Barnes' answer
The question is very fact dependent. I suggest that you call my office so we can discuss this matter in detail. Because of the nature of the question, I will have to make sure that I do not have conflict of interest.

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Q: Does a 13 year old in a Step Parent adoption have to go to court? The bio father has signed off.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Utah on Sep 26, 2012

Answered on Nov 7, 2012

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Jason F. Barnes' answer
Yes, unless the Court waives the requirement. See U.C.A. Section 78B-6-136.

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Q: Step child adopt in utah, biodad been absent since pregnancy and not on birth certificate. Do we still need his consent?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Utah on Oct 20, 2012

Answered on Nov 7, 2012

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Jason F. Barnes' answer
The answer to this question is highly dependent upon several facts. I am an adoption attorney. If your interested, you may contact me at my office and I would be happy to speak with you via a phone appointment. 801-546-3874.

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