Step Parent Adoption

By |August 15th, 2017|Adoption Attorney|

Step Parent Adoption Step parent adoptions are adoptions where someone’s spouse adopts their child.  This type of adoption requires the consent of the spouse of the adopting step parent and usually also requires the termination of the parent-child relationship of the other parent. The most common step parent adoption is where a husband [...]

Consent to Adoption

By |March 10th, 2017|Adoption Attorney|

Consent to Adoption Relinquishment and Consent to Adoption Relinquishment means consent in the adoption context.  The adoption statute has a procedure for parents to voluntarily relinquish (consent to) placing their children for adoption.   The petition to relinquish a child may be filed separately or filed as a consolidated petition (one document) joining the [...]

Birth Father’s Rights

By |March 6th, 2017|Adoption Attorney|

Birth Father's Rights in Adoption Birth Father’s Rights and Responsibilities If a birth father is unknown or is unwilling to sign a consent to adoption and termination of his parental rights, a summons and petition for the termination of his parental rights must be filed and notice given to terminate his rights on [...]

International Adoptions

By |March 2nd, 2017|Adoption Attorney|

International Adoptions Re-adoption of children adopted in foreign countriesA re-adoption is the process of “re-adopting” a child in the United States after the child has been adopted in another country.  In Washington, a re-adoption is a request to the Washington Superior Court to formally recognize the validity of a foreign adoption decree and grant [...]

Foster Child Adoption

By |February 28th, 2017|Adoption Attorney|

Foster Child Adoption A child can be adopted from state foster care by private persons.  In these cases, the State of Washington Department of Social and Health Services has custody of the child through a Juvenile Court dependency proceeding.  When the child is “legally free” because the rights of the biological parents have [...]