Sterling Heights Direct Adoption Lawyers
Also known as private adoptions, direct adoptions happen when a birth parent chooses the adoptive parents and immediately places the child directly with them. Initial contact is made directly between a pregnant woman and the prospective parents along with the help of an attorney. While many people think that an agency must be contacted to adopt a child, you can go through the process of adoption with just an attorney.
At Goetting Corrado Law Group, P.C., we pride ourselves on being family advocates. We are experienced adoption attorneys who have the knowledge and skill to help you through the process of direct adoption with ease.
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Why Choose a Direct Adoption?
If you would like to customize your experience, this may be the best option for you. You will be able to work directly with the birth mother and avoid having to consult with an adoption agency. The greatest advantage here is that you can build a close, personal relationship with the birth mother. An advantage to this could be feeling more secure with the process itself. Unlike agency adoptions, in a direct adoption the parents can meet one another and speak about the child.
Additionally, direct adoptions often happen as a much quicker pace then agency adoptions, often finalizing within 1 year. Adoptions with direct access to the birth parents can also be less expensive than working with an agency.
Direct Adoption Process
The direct adoption process is as follows:
- Consult with a lawyer to get a better understanding of the process and ensure your rights are protected
- Locate a birth mother who is interested in placing her child up for adoption
- Conduct a home study
- Both birth parents will consent to the adoption
- In the event the biological father is not known (called a putative father), his rights will need to be terminated, which requires a hearing and consent from the father
- Pay legal fees, for yourself and the birth parents
- Pay filing fees, birth certificate fees, and additional fees as needed
The Cost of Direct Adoption
Direct adoption fees vary according to each birth mother’s needs. In most cases, the adoptive parents will cover the costs associated with the birth mother’s living expenses as well as medical and legal expenses. You may also be required to pay for counseling sessions. You are not required to pay for living expenses, but many adoptive parents choose to do so. Direct adoptions often run from $20,000 to $50,000.
How Long Does the Process Take?
The adoption proceedings usually take about 6 months to complete.
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Determining which type of adoption you would like to pursue will have an impact on your family. There are several advantages to direct adoption; however, there are disadvantages as well. If you are just starting the process of adoption, it would be beneficial to consult with an experienced attorney who can provide you with more information about adoption proceedings and which one may be right for you.
At Goetting Corrado Law Group, P.C., we understand how important the process of adoption is for you and your family. We can provide you with the help, support, and legal advice you need for peace of mind as you navigate your direct adoption.
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Q:Who chooses the family for the child?
A:In direct placement adoptions (otherwise known as private/independent adoptions) a birth parent chooses the adoptive parents and places the child directly with them. Initial contact is made directly between a pregnant woman and prospective adoptive parents and/or through the use of an attorney.
Q:What are the requirements for a direct placement adoption?
A:An approved homestudy must be completed. In addition, the birth parents must consent to the adoption. If you do not have one already, contact us and we will help you obtain one.
Q:What if the father is unknown or not listed on the birth certificate?
A:If the biological father is unknown or not listed on the birth certificate then the legal term for the father is "putative father." To terminated a putative father's rights, a hearing must be held in which the birth mother states on the record who the putative father is, if known. The putative father must be provide notice of the hearing. If he fails to attend the hearing, most likely his rights will be terminated. Alternatively, he may sign and mail in a specific form stating he is not interested in attending the hearing and consents to his rights being terminated.
Q:How are the birth mother's rights terminated?
A:Michigan allows for an out-of-court consent to the termination of parental rights by the birth parents 72 hours after birth. The birth mother must sign the form in front of an attorney and a social worker. Often, the birth mother, her attorney and the social worker will come to our office to conduct this. The birth mother has five business days to revoke the consent or it becomes irrevocable.
Q:What are the expenses involved in a direct placement adoption?
A:Direct placement adoptions require you to pay our retainer fees, which vary depending on what county and what state you live in. In addition, it is customary to pay for the birth parents attorney's fee, plus there are filing fees, birth certificate fees, and other incidental fees. In addition, you are allowed to pay certain living, travel, and medical expenses for the birth mother. Usually, you can expect to pay between 7k to 10k for legal aspect of adoption.
Q:What if I or the birth mother live in another state?
A:As long as either the adoptive parents or the birth mother live in Michigan, we can complete your adoption. This type of adoption is known as an ICPC adoption. This requires us to send multiple adoption documents to the State of Michigan's ICPC department for approval prior to leaving the state with the child. Once Michigan approves the interstate placement, they will forward the documents to the other state involved. Once the other state approves the documents, you are free to leave the state with the child.
Q:How long does ICPC take?
A:They have up to 30 days to make a decision but usually you are home within a week or two.
Q:How long does a direct placement adoption take to be finalized?
A:Again, this depends but a good approximation is about four to six months.