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Westchester County Adoption Attorneys

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Adoption Lawyers Helping Chappaqua Families Grow

When you are looking to add to your family through adoption, it is important to have a reliable legal counsel at your side throughout the process. Your decision to adopt, of course, is based upon love and the desire to provide a stable home for a child in need, but there are often unforeseen procedural obstacles that require the skill of an experienced adoption attorney. At Grimes & Zimet, we understand the challenges inherent to adoption proceedings, and we are prepared to help you every step of the way.

Relative and Stepparent Adoptions

An adoption by a relative or stepparent is the most common form of adoption throughout the country for a number of reasons. Stepparents, grandparents, and other relatives tend to have a strong interest in the well-being of the child and are often more inclined to pursue adoption than unrelated individuals. As such, New York law often allows the process to be streamlined for related adoption, generally waiving the required waiting period and, in many cases, the home study.

To proceed with a stepparent adoption, the other birth parent must grant his or her consent. Without the permission of the other parent, the adoption cannot move forward unless the court finds the other parent has abandoned the child and is not exercising parental rights in any way. Proving abandonment is not easy, but our attorneys stand ready to help you provide what is best for your child or stepchild.

New York Private, Agency, and OCFS Adoptions

There are a number of other venues for adoption in New York State as well. These include private adoptions and adoptions arranged by licensed agencies, facilitated by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). Private and agency adoptions may require your family to meet situationally specific criteria, but, in general, any adult may adopt in New York. Adoptions of a child older than 14 require the consent of the child as well. In most cases, a home study is required to verify suitability, along with national and state criminal background checks.

OCFS oversees all agency adoptions in New York, and will coordinate adoptions of a child from another state. Similarly, the office also maintains a list of authorized international adoption agencies to assist families wishing to adopt from other countries. Whatever method you choose to pursue, the team at Grimes & Zimet can assist you with any and all legal concerns. We will ensure that your rights are fully protected while continuing to look out for the best interests of the child.

Call for a Consultation Today

If you are considering expanding your family through adoption, contact our office. Our compassionate attorneys will help you analyze your situation and find the avenue for adoption that best meets your family’s needs. We will also walk you through the potential complications, allowing you to better understand our role and how we will facilitate the process. Call 914-238-1377 to schedule your confidential consultation today. We are proud to help families in Westchester County and throughout the surrounding areas.

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