Guiding You Through the Adoption Process
The process of adoption can be long and complicated without the aid of an experienced and compassionate family law attorney. For more than 40 years, Avallone Law Associates in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has been providing quality and customized family law counsel. With the end goal in mind of a successful and legal adoption, we work hard to meet your needs and help make the adoption process go as smoothly as possible.
More Than 40 Years of Helping Families in Pennsylvania
Our Philadelphia adoption lawyers handle all types of adoptions. In a free initial consultation, we can discuss your specific adoption issues, goals and any particular needs that will need to be addressed. Whether you are a stepparent interested in adopting your stepchild or you require international adoption counsel, we are here to guide you every step of the way and beyond.
In most adoptions, the legal process involves mainly state and federal law compliance, filing the right paperwork, petitions and other necessary steps toward finalizing an adoption. However, there may be certain cases where an adoption is contested. For example, in a stepparent adoption, the birth parent may not be willing to terminate his or her parental rights. In contested adoption cases, we can help protect your rights and the rights of your child.
Types of Adoptions
There are a vast array of adoptions out there. From agency and nonagency to private and third-party adoptions, we can help you.
Common types of adoptions include:
- Kinship adoption/relative adoption: In every case involving a child where the juvenile or family courts must step in, the best interests of the child is always the standard. The majority of the time, the court sees that a blood-relative or “kin” is in the best position to adopt a child and is in the best interests of the child. We can help if you are the next of kin in these cases, whether you are the aunt, uncle, grandparent, cousin or older sibling.
- Stepparent adoption: There is nothing more unifying to a new family than adoption. If you are a new stepparent or if you have been a stepparent for years and have decided this is the best step for your family, we can help you seek a stepparent adoption.
- Domestic adoption: Even though this is within the U.S., there are still many considerations to make. Whether the adoption will be open or closed, what should be included in the contract and who will pay for medical care of the pregnant mother. Especially with gestational carriers or surrogates becoming more common, careful attention must be paid to drafting contracts. We will provide the thorough legal representation required for these cases.
- International adoption: When adoption goes overseas or into international territory, there are even more steps to take. Legal issues need to be resolved overseas and also once you return to the U.S. Our comprehensive adoption services can take care of all that and more.
Contact Our Dedicated Pennsylvania Adoption Rights Attorneys Today
No matter how complicated your adoption case may be or what type of adoption you are interested in, our lawyers are here for you. As with any family law issue, experience matters and we can provide just that and more. For a free initial consultation, contact our Philadelphia law firm online or call us directly at 215-253-3855.