All posts filed under: adoption

Adopting a Foster Child

Adoptive children come from many sources. Some come from within a family, some from foreign countries on the other side of the world and others come from state protective agencies such as the Department of Children and Families in Florida, or the Department of Human Resources in Alabama. Children are placed in foster care due to some set of circumstances that usually stems from the parents’ inability or unwillingness to provide adequate for the child.  Foster parents open their homes, and their hearts, to children who otherwise have nowhere else to go. Thousands of children are in foster care around the country, including Florida and Alabama, and they are awaiting one of two results.  The first option is for their parents to get it together and regain custody. The law of every state prefers this option due to the fundamental rights parents enjoy with respect to their children.  The second option is for the court to determine that reunification with a parent is not possible and to terminate the parents’ rights, and set the stage …

Securing an Adoption: Can parents challenge the adoption, and regain custody?

Once served, biological parents must present their defenses to the petition, in court. Failure to do so will likely result in the approval of the adoption petition even if the biological parents fail to appear at the final hearing.

Adopting Children when the Parents do not Consent

Adoptions are joyous and pleasant events for both the petitioners and the child involved. Those who file a petition for adoption are seeking to become legal parents of a child, sometimes for the first time.  However, not every adoption case is uncontested, and on rare occasions, a parent or both parents will refuse to consent to the adoption petition and ask the judge to deny the adoption. Consent is the most important issue in any adoption case. You might even conclude, with a fair amount of accuracy, that it is the only issue since the adoption cannot be granted without consent in one form or another. However, a common misconception is that the parents must express their consent through a signed document for the adoption to be granted. This is not true. In order for an adoption to be granted in Florida or in Alabama, the parents must consent to the adoption.   The easiest and simplest way to accomplish this legal requirement is through a signed and notarized consent to adoption. The standard consent …