If you or a loved one is considering adoption, you need a trusted, compassionate family law attorney to ensure your adoption goes smoothly and all legal processes are completed. The attorneys at Jones Law Office will walk you through every step of the adoption process so that nothing can stand in your way of adopting a child.
The adoption process can be long and difficult without the right attorney to take care of the legal aspects of adoption, including consent forms for the birth parents, finalizing an adoption in court, and working step by step to ensure that the adoption process goes as smoothly as possible. If you’re looking for help with the adoption process, Jones Law Office is in your corner ready to help.
Indiana Adoption Process
In Indiana, there is no marriage requirement to adopt, and heterosexual and same-sex couples can adopt a child. One major requirement is that if the couple is married, a joint adoption must take place. In the case of the child’s stepparent wanting to adopt them, a stepparent adoption may take place which is a single spouse adoption.
The prospective couple must complete an adoption application packet, 16 hours of adoption and parenting training, criminal background checks, child protective services checks, and home study with the county or the adoption agency you are working with. This can be a very slow process, and each requirement could take a few months to complete. The process is slow in order that it be done properly, and an adoption attorney can handle all of the legal requirements to make sure the chances of the adoption being overturned are as low as possible.
Adoption agencies often offer their services and can be quite helpful in finding an adoption attorney and helping you through the process. However, adoption agencies tend to come with many more services than the average couple would need, often making adoption an expensive process. Hiring an adoption attorney can be more cost effective, and adoption attorneys are able to handle all types of adoptions.
If you are considering adoption, the attorneys at Jones Law Office are here for you. We will help protect your rights and walk you through every step of the adoption process.
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