Adopting a child is a special and highly rewarding time in a parent's life. A new member of the family is welcomed with open arms. Before you celebrate this milestone, careful steps must be taken to ensure the adoption is done within the law. An experienced adoption lawyer is your best advocate whether you are adding a child to your family or arranging for a step-parent to have legal parenting rights to the child.
At Jensen & Leiberan, we remain at the side of adoptive parents while educating them on the length and complexity of the process. Patience may be necessary, but making sure that the adoption is done right will be rewarding in the end.
Whether you are seeking adoption for a child or thinking of giving up your biological son or daughter to another family, contact our adoption attorney at 503-446-2521.
Family Law Attorneys Helping to Add to Your Family
We primarily handle uncontested adoptions where a parent or parents are ready to give up their rights in the best interests of a child. If the adoption does not involve an immediate family member, we work with the Department of Human Services. Proceedings start with establishing interim guardianship of the child until the adoption is finalized.
Grandparents and other family members come to us to adopt a grandchild or other family member when the parents are unfit or deceased. Step-parents seek our help in adopting the child that they are helping to raise. In Oregon, a child who is 14 or older must consent to any adoption. Even if a biological parent has never been involved in the child's life, the adoption cannot go forward until the biological parent who is losing rights in the adoption is found and served or, if the biological parent cannot be found, the adoptive parent gets court permission to serve the biological parent by publication.
Helping Parents Find New Parents for Their Children
Our attorneys have also advised parents who are unable to care for their children and have decided to allow them to be adopted. An adoption can be closed, so that identities of parents are unknown, or they can be open, with the possibility that the biological parent will play some part in the child's life. Adoption counseling is necessary to both educate and emotionally prepare anyone who is planning to give up their child for adoption. Our services in this area also include helping parents sign up for the Oregon or Washington birth parents registry to find a family that will adopt the child.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with an experienced adoption lawyer, please contact us.