I love adoption law! Getting the Court’s stamp of approval on a family’s new addition, one that one or both parents are choosing to accept as their own child, brings a warm feeling to my heart. Even the judges sense the joy. In Sedgwick County, for example, most judges sit down with the adopting parents and child to congratulate them on the decision they are making then encourage family and friends to take pictures of everyone after the paperwork is signed.
I handle most types of adoptions statewide (but mostly in Sedgwick and surrounding counties). Whether you need legal help with a stepparent, grandparent, or other type of adoption matter, make sure you hire an attorney to handle the petition and other filings. You must comply with Kansas law not only with the petitioner itself, but also post-judgment filings with the State of Kansas or other jurisdiction of the child’s birth.
Adoption law can be a minefield. For example, I was contacted by a potential client the other day who was blindsided by another attorney who lied on the adoption papers and basically stole the man’s child out from under him by not reviewing the court records for activity on a domestic case (my client was being denied access and filed a motion for change of custody just one month before the adoption petitioner was filed), and by not disclosing the client’s Native American ancestry on the Petition and supporting Affidavit. Don’t make these or other mistakes that could get you in trouble.
Thinking about abortion? The life inside you is precious. Sadly, there’s a lot of misinformation out there that might lead you to making a decision that you will later regret. For example, did you know that there are literally hundreds of families in Kansas waiting for a call from the local pregnancy crisis center telling them that a young mom-to-be would like them to adopt her baby? Before you make a decision you can never take back, call your local pregnancy crisis center to talk about your options. Call our office for a referral to an agency that can handle all the legal filings and other matters free of charge.
If you need to talk about making the serious decision to adopt, call the office now to schedule an appointment, 866-422-3529 (toll free). It can be expensive, but the good feelings that come from making a statement to a stepchild or others you love that you want that little one to be your own are priceless!
ADOPTION INFORMATION RESOURCES:
Wichita Pregnancy Crisis Center
Kansans For Life
Adopt Kansas Kids for general Kansas adoption information
Kansas Adoption Directory
General Summary of Kansas Adoption Laws (very basic)