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San Jose Adoption Attorney

San Jose Adoption Attorney

Skilled Adoption Lawyer in Mountain View, Santa Clara, and the Bay Area

The adoption process in California is a deeply personal experience that involves many complicated legal matters. To facilitate an adoption and ensure that the ordeal proceeds as smoothly as possible, it is important to retain the assistance of a skilled legal professional. At the Law Offices of Erik Steven Johnson, we have the compassion it takes to understand your family dynamics and help you through the often complex adoption process.

Types of Adoption in California

There are several types of adoptions that are available to individuals in the United States. Adoption is often classified as either open or closed. A closed adoption means that a birth parent is no longer involved with the child after adoption. An open adoption allows for birth parents to maintain a connection with a child after an adoption occurs. In cases of open adoption, an adoption lawyer can help create a post-adoption contact agreement which establishes visitation terms or frequency of personal updates for either one or both of a child's birth parents.

How an Attorney Can Help Your Adoption Case

During most adoptions, birth parents are required to sign the appropriate consent forms signing over legal rights to their child. In other instances, parents will refuse to sign these forms which can create significant obstacles that slow the adoption process. Fortunately, an experienced family law attorney can help individuals or couples planning to adopt with the following resources:

  • Adoption Planning - An adoption lawyer can discuss your desire and assist in determining the type of adoption that best fits your needs. Whether you are looking to adopt a sibling, a new child into your family, or a disabled adult, an attorney can assist you with what fits your lifestyle and the child's best interests.
  • Family Member Adoption - In some cases, birth parents may not have had contact with a child or have not provided any type of support. The consent of a birth parent in an adoption situation is sometimes not required by a court in these instances. A birth parent's behavior is often considered to be a "willful failure," and the parent's rights can be terminated so that the adoption can proceed in the best interests of the child.
  • Pre-Placement Preparations - Once a person is paired with an expectant birth mother, an attorney can offer advice and planning when the child is released from the hospital.
  • Final Adoption Proceedings - A lawyer can help individuals complete all of the legal steps required to terminate the parental rights of the birth parents and allow a person to adopt a baby formally.

Contact Our California Family Law Office

Adoption can be a particularly rewarding process for parents, but the process is often complex. Attorney Erik Johnson has the skill and experience to assist in your California adoption proceeding. Contact our office today by calling 408-246-3004. We serve clients throughout the Bay Area, including Santa Clara County, Alameda County, and all throughout Northern California.

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