Choosing a Washington Adoption Lawyer
adoption is perhaps one of the most common forms of adoption in the United States.
In stepparent adoption proceedings, one parent agrees to terminate his
or her parental rights so that the other parent's new spouse or partner
can adopt the child.
Provided that the adoption is uncontested, this can be a relatively straightforward
process. The prospective adoptive parent must also be:
- Approved by a social worker who conducts an investigation called a post-placement
- The court must give final approval.
Without a parent's consent to terminate his/her parental rights or
a forced termination for other reasons, the process can be substantially
more difficult, if not impossible.
The Adoption Process in Washington State
Consent - The first step in any adoption case is attaining the biological parents'
consent. This can be done via signing an affidavit.
Petition for Adoption - In order to commence the adoption process with the Court, the parties
must submit the petition for adoption.
Post-Placement Evaluation - The court will appoint a social worker to interview both parents and
ask questions about their background, employment, etc.
Confirmation of Consent - If you are adopting in King County, Washington, then you will need to
submit a confirmation of consent from the biological parents.
Finalization Hearing - At this hearing, both parties appear in court together with the adoptive
child to make their case that this adoption is in the best interests of
the child. The judge or court commissioner reviews the documents and finalizes
Documentation - The parents should receive certified copies of the Decree of Adoption
after it is signed. Within 30 days, the decree will be sent to the Vital
Statistics Division so a new birth certificate can be created.
Your Premier Family Law Firm for Stepparent Adoptions
Having served thousands of clients over the past 21 years, McKinley Irvin
family lawyers have successfully represented clients in all types of adoption
cases. From straightforward, uncontested stepparent adoptions to more
complex contested cases, our firm has the experience you need to arrive
at the most favorable outcome. To find the lawyer best suited for your
stepparent adoption case, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.