Rhode Island Adoption Questions & Answers

Q: Pregnant again after 5 years since my son was taken and adopted in 2016 can I keep this baby if I have my own place

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Sep 19, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
You may have a flag in the DCYF system. If they open a case for this child retain an attorney to assist you.

Q: How can I prevent my daughter from seeing her biological father?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jul 18, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
Help your wife hire an attorney to best advocate for the interests of the child. There will likely be DNA testing and multiple court hearings required.

Q: How do u terminate parental rights to allow for step parent adoption without the other party being involved

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Dec 5, 2017
Neville Bedford's answer
It is critically important for you to get the location of the biological father so he can be given notice of your intention to adopt the child. Meet with an attorney fluent in adoption and retain them to assist you.

Q: How do I obtain custody my children?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Feb 20, 2017
Neville Bedford's answer
Custody matters are complex and best addressed with the assistance of a professional. Look for, and retain a family court attorney, to make sure you case is presented well.

Q: I am 26 years old- I have 2half-siblings age 6 & 3. They are being adopted. What are my legal rights for visitation?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Rhode Island on
Answered on Aug 24, 2015
Neville Bedford's answer
Work with the attorneys and case worker to see if provisions can be made for you to stay in contact.

Q: Will a lawyer help me fill out adoption petitions and report of adoptions for free?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Rhode Island on
Answered on May 12, 2015
Neville Bedford's answer
If you qualify for free legal services, you may well find an attorney to assist you through Rhode Island Legal Service or the Bar Association Volunteer Lawyer Program. If you can afford to hire an attorney, that would be your best avenue. Adoptions are rather a specialized area of practice and the fees you will pay are a sound investment in ensuring your child's future is secured properly.

Q: Our 16 yr old adopted daughter wants to be un-adopted. Can this be done in RI ?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Rhode Island on
Answered on Feb 5, 2015
Neville Bedford's answer
UN-adopted children become wards of the state and are likely to end up in the custody of DCYF. This may not be the optimal situation and the Judges in the family court are not generally inclined to leave a child "parent-less" excepting some extreme situations. Meet with A family Court attorney fluent in adoptions and discuss possible alternatives.

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
Answered on May 22, 2014
Neville Bedford's answer
Meet with a family court practitioner to review the situation and assist you in making the modifications you desire.

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
Answered on May 22, 2014
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.

Q: What is my first step?

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