McKinley Irvin's Washington Adoption Attorneys

To adopt under Washington State family law, one or both of the child's biological parents must have had their parental rights terminated by a court. In some cases, this termination is involuntary. In other circumstances, one or both biological parents may terminate their parental rights so that the child may be adopted by a new family, relative, or stepparent. In any of these situations, it is advised - and even sometimes required by law - that prospective adoptive parents work with an adoption lawyer.

Get Adoption Advice from Our Compassionate, Highly Respected Lawyers

McKinley Irvin's goal is to both inform clients of their adoption options and assist adoptive families to achieve their goals.

Laura Carlsen, one of McKinley Irvin's Washington adoption lawyers, has represented numerous couples and individuals seeking to add to their families through processes such as step-parent and second parent adoptions. Laura is driven by a desire to achieve successful results while never sacrificing her clients' well-being.

When working with a McKinley Irvin adoption lawyer, you will have the advantage of working with the region's premier family law firm. Our firm's lawyers are proficient in all types of adoption cases and ready to help clients achieve their goals through confident advocacy in the midst of an often complex and emotional process.

Step-Parent Adoption

Perhaps the most common form of adoption is step-parent adoption. In this proceeding, the parental rights of one parent are terminated to allow a child to be adopted by the other parent's new spouse or domestic partner. This is a relatively straightforward process if:

  • All parties involved are in agreement,
  • The proposed adoptive parent is approved by a social worker who conducts an investigation called a post-placement study, and
  • The court gives final approval.

This process can be considerably more arduous when a parent wishes to deny his or her consent to terminate parental rights. Our lawyers can help you understand what your options are in this situation, such as the possibility of forced termination of the other biological parent's parental rights.

Second Parent Adoption

A second parent adoption allows an individual to adopt his or her partner's biological or adopted child without terminating the latter's parental status. McKinley Irvin adoption lawyers have extensive experience handling second parent adoptions, which often include:

  • Preparing petitions,
  • Arranging required post-placement reports, and
  • Representing clients at final hearings.

Our lawyers maintain a sensitivity to the unique issues that often accompany second parent adoptions, and welcome any opportunity to help LGBT clients secure their family's future.

The Experience You Want on Your Side

Adoption clients will benefit from McKinley Irvin's team of industry leaders, highly respected for their experience and in-depth understanding of the legal nuances that often make the difference in these cases. Due to our firm's depth of experience, we have the resources you need to be confident in your representation.

In adoption cases, attention to detail can be pivotal to the outcome, so you can be assured that no stone will go unturned. For couples or individuals looking to adopt, the first step they typically take is asking questions. We extend the invitation to contact McKinley Irvin to schedule a consultation appointment. Our goal is to help you understand both your rights and responsibilities as a prospective adoptive parent.

We offer consultation appointments in multiple office locations throughout the state of Washington, such as Seattle, Bellevue, Tacoma, Puyallup, and Vancouver. Alternatively, we can arrange consultation appointments via videoconference or teleconference.

Contacting McKinley Irvin will put you in touch with a competent client services team member who will help you select the lawyer who is the best fit for your adoption case. If you are in need of adoption assistance, we encourage you to contact our team to schedule your consultation appointment.

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