Adopting a child is a complex legal process that can take many years. Before you even consider adoption, you will want to consult with a lawyer so that you know what you are getting into, how long it will take and what to expect. If unexpected problems arise during the adoption process, a good lawyer will help you work things out and speed up the process so that you can become the legal parents of the child you love.
Our legal team at Carvajal Smithwick Garcia, LLP has experience working with all types of adoptions. We have helped stepparents adopt their stepchildren (a relatively simple process), enabled local residents to adopt children from the Department of Family and Protective Services and worked with families who have opted to adopt a child from a private adoption agency. We work with cases involving birth mothers who are giving their newborn up for adoption as well as instances where a couple is adopting an older child.
To start with, we will ask you about your personal situation to determine if you are indeed eligible to adopt one or more children. We will be fully honest with you from the onset to ensure that you do not start the process but wind up disappointed. We will inform you of the requirements that you will have to meet and prepare you to deal with social services in the Jim Wells County area. We can prepare you to answer the intimate questions that you will be asked regarding your own upbringing, you motivation for adopting a child and how you would raise your adopted child, thus helping to speed the adoption process up and ensure that there are no misunderstandings.
Once the process is finally complete, we will help you get a birth certificate for your child that names you and your spouse as the parents. This is a complex process but it is one that can save you a lot of hassle and legal paperwork. Having the right papers to prove that you are indeed your child’s (or children’s) parents is necessary so that you can obtain benefits for your child, get the child the medical help he or she needs and/or enroll the child in a public or private school.
While adoption is a complex process, we want to encourage you that it is well worth it and we are happy to work with any adoptive parents who want to take one or more needy children into their family. No matter what obstacles you may be facing or what uncertainties you may have, you can count on us to provide honest, expert advice that will enable you to make wise decisions. To discuss the details of your case in a confidential manner, feel free to make an appointment with us at your convenience.