Adoption Subsidies

By |March 25th, 2019|Adoption Attorney|

Adoption Subsidies for Adopting Foster Children The Washington State Adoption Support Program provides ongoing support to families who adopt foster children.  These are financial grants under an adoption support agreement which can include a monthly stipend payable over the minority of the child to the adoptive parents to assist with special expenses. Children [...]

Open Adoption Agreements

By |March 11th, 2019|Adoption Attorney|

Open Adoption Agreements in Washington An open adoption is one in which the adoptive parents, the adoptee and the birth parents will have communication and/or contact after the adoption is completed.  Historically, many adoptions were “closed adoptions” in that the adoptive parents and the child-adoptee had no contact or communication with the birth [...]

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 [...]