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Family Law

Clinton Township Adoption Attorneys

The decision to open your home to a needy child is commendable. At Iafrate & Salassa, P.C., our adoption attorneys take pride in helping prospective parents address the challenges of the legal process. We work diligently to ensure the legality of your adoption, so you can have the security of knowing a child is legally yours.

Personal Service for Prospective Parents Preparing to Adopt

Our family law attorneys at Iafrate & Salassa, P.C. have in-depth experience in Michigan adoption procedures. We represent birth parents and adoptive parents who want to ensure a loving home for a child.

Types of Adoptions

We can assist you with any type of adoptions that the state of Michigan recognizes, including:

  • Infant adoption — Prospective parents seeking newborns can adopt through agencies or via direct placement.
  • Agency adoption — The birth parent releases the child to a child-placing agency that screens prospective parents. In some cases, the birth parent may participate in the selection of the adoptive parent(s) and may have some sort of continuing contact. Agencies may require a temporary placement prior to finalizing the adoption.
  • Direct placement adoption — The birth parent personally selects the adoptive parent(s), consents to the adoption and transfers physical custody to the adoptive parent(s). Prospective adoptive parents considering a direct placement should work closely with an adoption lawyer to ensure legality at every crucial phase of the adoption.
  • State and court ward adoption — The state has terminated the rights of the birth parents, and the child is under the care and/or supervision of the state. The Department of Health Services oversees ward adoptions and favors relatives and foster parents with whom the child has an existing relationship.
  • Relative adoption — The child and the prospective parent are related by blood or by law.
  • Stepparent adoption — When one parent’s spouse wishes to adopt a child, the parental rights of the other parent (if living) must be terminated, voluntarily or involuntarily, through a court order.
  • Intercountry or interstate adoption — Michigan recognizes international adoptions and adoptions of children from other states, provided the adoption conforms to the laws of that country or state.
  • Adult adoption — The adopted adult must consent to the adoption. When the adoption is concluded, the adopted adult may inherit under the laws of Michigan from the adoptive parent.

Get Help from Macomb County Family Lawyers who Capably Manage Adoption Issues

If you’re looking to add a child to your family, or to give legal protections to a child currently in your care, Iafrate & Salassa, P.C. can help. Our adoption attorneys work closely with you to guide you through the legal process. Contact our law office today at (586) 263-1600 or online to schedule a free initial consultation.

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