Parents contemplating an adoption must work with an experienced adoption attorney at some stage in the adoption process. Though there are specialized courses that lawyers might take to master Kentucky adoption regulations, Kentucky does not allow its attorneys to hold themselves out as specialists. While the degree of knowledge you will require from your adoption lawyer is dependent upon the kind of adoption you will be pursuing, it is important that your attorney understand the possible roadblocks and red tape in order to avoid problems in the process.
Prospective adoptive parents working with an adoption agency in a foreign adoption, the agency generally creates the documents for the family court. Your adoption lawyer will file all documents and will appear with you at the court proceedings. However, If you are planning to engage in a domestic adoption, your adoption lawyer may handle every aspect of the process. A domestic adoption in Kentucky involves the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, the state social services agency. The involvement of the Agency may vary with each individual adoption, but it normally involves and investigation and approval by the Agency. Your adoption attorney can help streamline and track the progress of this approval process.
Domestic adoptions range from step-parent adoptions to surrogate adoption agreements. These adoptions may be straightforward or very complex. Regardless of the complexity of your adoption, it is essential that all agreements, consents and court filings are correct. Moreover, it is vital that your adoption attorney act as an effective advocate with the family court, the state agencies and the birth parents.
At Barrow Brown our attorneys have represented parents in all aspects of adoption, from step-parent adoption, foster parent adoption and involuntary termination of parental rights. Our adoption lawyers can help you navigate the complex world of adoptions and choose which path to take. By identifying possible obstacles in the way of an adoption, our attorneys can reduce both the costs and the duration of you adoption process.
Contact us at 502-589-9353 to discuss your options as you embark on this exciting undertaking. The initial consultation is always free.
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