Adopting a child, adolescent, or even adult who is a family member can be rewarding as well as challenging. While the adoption process for family members and stepparents can go quicker than other adoptions, there are still many documents and legal steps the adopting party must take. If you'd like to know more about the adoption process in Minnesota, look no further—we've got you covered.
At Johnson/Turner Legal, our clients don't just get access to an experienced Minnesota adoption attorney—we assign two paralegals, a client engagement specialist, and a life coach to every case. It's part of our commitment to guiding all our clients through their legal endeavors and giving them the tools to move forward with confidence, even after our partnership ends.
Adoption can be a complicated process. Before we dive into the different kinds of adoption, it's essential to know about one of the first decisions you'll make: whether to have a closed or open adoption.
In a closed adoption, the biological parents don't interact with the adoptive parents during or after the adoptive process. The court seals all records about the biological parents after they surrender their child for adoption. Sometimes, the child gains access to those documents after they turn 18. If you are adopting a child from a family member you believe is unfit to be the parent, you may wish to complete a closed adoption. However, an open adoption allows the biological parent to maintain some form of relationship with the child as they grow up.
If you are a step-parent adopting your spouse's child, an open adoption allows the other parent the option to continue playing a role in the child's life. If the other parent is unfit or has proved that their presence is a detriment to the child, then a closed adoption may be the best course of action.
Working through the adoption process can be tricky even when everyone is in agreement and working toward the same goal. We’re here to help smooth the way for a step-parent or grandparent adoption, based on our experiences with it. This arrangement is something we’ve been seeing more and more of, and we know how important it is to you that it is done right.
Usually when a step-parent or grandparent adopts a child, they must complete a three step process that includes:
Our Minnesota adoption lawyers are well-versed in these types of adoptions and can help you ensure you don't skip any important steps.
Perhaps the most difficult part of this process is getting the biological parent to give up their parental rights. Even if they do not play an active role in the child's life, the parent(s) may hesitate to complete this document. However, the party seeking adoption can petition the court for an involuntary termination of parental rights.
At Johnson/Turner Legal, we use a multi-step process to help guide clients through the adoption process. Earlier, we wrote about how we assign a variety of professionals to every case. Our adoption strategy allows all of the professionals working on your case, from our Minnesota adoption lawyer to our life coach, to play a valuable role in the process. Here are the steps we take:
We know that being a great parent doesn't require being a biological parent. Some of the greatest moms and dads aren't biological parents at all. We'll help you find peace of mind and shape your family through the adoption process.
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