Pennsylvania Grandparent Adoption Attorneys
Grandparents, aunts, uncles and older siblings who have assumed parental responsibilities for the child of a relative can adopt that child if his or her biological parents have died. They can also adopt a grandchild, niece, nephew or sibling who has been abandoned or abused by his or her birth parents. This would allow the adoptive parent to provide the child with a stable and loving home.
At the Law Office of Stephen Ross, our attorneys provide compassionate, personalized and experienced representation for grandparents and relatives seeking to adopt a child who is already under their care in southeastern Pennsylvania. We also are happy to assist with guardianship proceedings in cases where the child may one day return to the care of the biological parents. We offer flat fees so you will know your adoption costs upfront. Contact us to talk to an adoption lawyer about your grandparent adoption or other type of adoption.
Grandparent and Relative Adoptions
Adoption is usually only appropriate in circumstances where the biological parents are deceased or are incapable of resuming their role as parents. The first thing that needs to be done in a grandparent or relative adoption is to terminate the parental rights of the biological mother or father. Our lawyers know how to handle this part of the process efficiently and effectively. A home study is usually not required for grandparent or relative adoptions.
Of course, in order for a natural parent's rights to be terminated, those rights need to be transferred to someone else. Once they are transferred to you, you will have not only all of the rights of a parent but all of the responsibilities as well. You should also be aware that in the event you divorce your spouse, you would be required to provide support for the adopted child and be subject to custody and other related issues.
Grandparent and relative adoptions are legal processes. A trip to adoption court in Pottstown or the surrounding Tri-County area of Pennsylvania is required. Of course, this trip to the courtroom is not for the purpose of doing battle, as is often the case in family law matters. Adoption cases are unique in that they are typically very positive experiences for all involved.
Contact Our Montgomery County Family Adoption Lawyers
Our attorneys are ready to help you get positive results. Contact us to discuss your case with our Pottstown grandparent adoption lawyers. When you leave our first meeting, you will have a strong understanding of how your case will proceed and what our attorneys will do to meet your needs. We serve Pottstown, West Chester, Reading, Norristown, King of Prussia, Limerick, Barto, Pennsburg, Spring City, Philadelphia and surrounding communities in Pennsylvania.