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Orange County Adoption Attorney

Considering adoption? My firm can help.

When deciding to go through the adoption process, it is very important to have an attorney by your side so that you are legally protected. Making the decision to adopt can be an extremely rewarding experience. Many children have been given a second chance to have a loving home. As the mother or father of an adopted child, or as a birth parent, there will be certain legal issues that you may face.

This will require the special care and attention of an experienced family law attorney in Orange County, like Kevin B. Gibbs. When adoption takes place, as the new parent you will need to make sure that the child you adopted will always be safe in your care, without any future disputes with the birth parent. As a birth parent, you may want to make sure that the home you child will be going to is safe and secure.

Types of Adoption

Many types of adoption are available to families in the U.S. Generally, adoptions are classified as being open or closed. Closed adoption would mean that the birth parent will no longer be involved in any way with your family or the child and may not even be aware of where you live and/or who you are. An open adoption however, would allow for the birth parent to be in connection with you and, in some instances, the child. Whether pictures are exchanged or visits between child and the birth parent or parents are arranged, it would be a decision that the both of you would make as to how "open" you would want your adoption to be.

There are several kinds of open and closed adoptions available, such as:

  • Private adoption
  • Agency adoption
  • Related family adoption
  • Stepparent adoption
  • Foster parent adoption
  • Grandparent adoption
  • Independent adoption
  • Single parent adoption
  • Special needs adoption

My experience as a family law attorney in Orange County can benefit many individuals and couples through the adoption process. Whether you need help preparing your information or ensuring your interests are effectively represented, I am here to help. Consider your options with Kevin B. Gibbs, APLC. Schedule a free case evaluation and discuss your situation so you may begin the adoption process with your best chances of success.

Retain a Qualified Legal Professional to Help You

At Kevin B. Gibbs, APLC, I have the skills and experience necessary to help individuals and couples get informed about their adoption options and take action. I may assist through traditional adoption procedure, as well as mediation between parties to help foster open communication and amicable solutions. Choose an Orange County family law lawyer with vast resources and years of diverse legal experience for your adoption case.

My qualifications to be your adoption attorney include the following:

  • 20+ years of experience in family law
  • Board-certified family law specialist
  • Served as special master for family law issues in court

The Steps of Completing an Adoption

The process of adoption in California is well-regulated under California law. There are many resources for beginning the process, but you should have an understanding before you start in order to be prepared. The first step of an adoption is determining what type of adoption you are engaging in. Next, you should figure out the costs of the adoption. Depending on the adoption method, the cost could range from $500 to more than $3,000.

After determining the cost, you may acquire a list of adoption agencies from the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and begin the examination process. During examination, an adoption agency worker will assess whether you are fit to adopt. This often includes a background check of criminal, marital, and employment information. Once approved, the final phase of the adoption begins, when you will file a petition for adoption with the court.

Counsel for Domestic and International Adoptions

Adoption can be a wonderful experience for all parties involved for years to come. I can meet with you and discuss the legal issues that may surround an adoption in greater detail. I am passionate about helping clients seeking to adopt or clients looking to provide a child with a better and brighter future. I represent clients with adoption and child custody issues in Orange County and Riverside County. For help, contact our team at Kevin B. Gibbs, APLC.