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Adoption Lawyers in Alexandria, VA
Adoption is a specialized area of the law that requires an experienced adoption attorney. When it comes to deciding a child’s future, choose a lawyer who has the experience to make the process go smoothly from start to finish. Whether you are considering adopting a child or you are pregnant and exploring options for your baby, Graham Law Firm can help.
Contact us today or dial (703) 443-9360 to learn more about the different adoption options.
For Parents Adopting in Alexandria
The decision to add a child to your family is one of the biggest and most rewarding choices you will ever make. If you’re just getting started, you probably have a lot of questions. Agency adoption or private adoption? Domestic or international? Open or closed? These are all questions that we can help you answer at Graham Law Firm.
Adoption is a very specialized area of the law, and experience counts. Mistakes can greatly delay your adoption, or even in some cases (such as failing to properly notify the birth family or paying for the wrong expenses for an expectant mother) invalidate it. For this reason, it’s important to choose an attorney with extensive experience in adoption law.
Qualifying to Adopt
Both individuals and couples may be approved to adopt a child. In most Virginia adoptions, a home study is required, especially in agency and parental placements. A home study is a review of the potential adoptive parent(s), the home, and anyone else living there. Areas under investigation include:
- Current family dynamics
- Potential dynamic after the addition of an adopted child
- Reasons behind wanting to adopt
- Educational background
- Family history
- Work history
- Financial well-being
- Criminal background for everyone living in the home
Home studies are regulated by the state and generally take five to nine weeks to complete. Having an adoption lawyer by your side is the best way to navigate the home study process.
Contact our compassionate Alexandria adoption lawyers to learn more about our legal services for adoption or to schedule a consultation.
For Alexandria Birth Parents
If you are considering placing your baby for adoption, you have the right to be fully educated about how adoption works and your rights throughout the process. Many expecting parents don’t realize that they can (and usually should) have their own lawyer paid for during the adoption process. This not only protects you, but it protects your baby, as your attorney will make sure that the process is done correctly from start to finish. At Graham Law Firm, we are a warm, no-pressure, non-judgmental place where you can talk about your options and how the adoption process works.
Legal Counsel for Alexandria Stepparent Adoptions
Stepparent adoptions are a little bit different than other types of adoption. If you are remarried and your child’s other parent is not in the picture, is harmful to your child, or is on board with your new spouse adopting your child, stepparent adoption might be right for your family. Although stepparent adoption is a simpler process than most types of adoption, it’s still important to have an experienced attorney by your side to make sure that everyone is notified properly, the right steps are taken in court, and everything is filed on time for a smooth adoption process.
Whether you’re sure a stepparent adoption is right for you or you’re just beginning to explore it as an option, give us a call at (703) 443-9360. We are happy to talk you through the process and explore the next steps with you.
Close Relative Adoptions for Alexandria Families
Sometimes families step up and care for children who are related to them when biological parents cannot. Grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, etc. can adopt family members using a process that is simpler and quicker than an adoption between people who aren’t related. If you think this might be right for your family, call us. We can walk you through the steps needed to adopt a close family member.
Contact an Adoption Lawyer in Alexandria, VA Today
Graham Law Firm is proud to offer legal support for people adopting children in Alexandria. We’ll skillfully guide you through the process to ensure a positive outcome for everyone. We are dedicated to meeting our clients’ needs and will help you navigate this transition in your life with the utmost expertise.
Call Graham Law Firm at (703) 443-9360 or fill out our online contact form to speak with an experienced adoption lawyer in Alexandria.