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
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.
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, Everett, 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.