Guiding Georgians Through The Adoption Process
The adoption process is designed to ensure that children find their way to safe and happy homes. The process for doing that is complex and can be frustrating to work through. At the Law Office of Erin Muldoon Haug, I have helped Georgians navigate the adoption process for more than a decade. I help parents and parents-to-be navigate all facets of adoption including:
- Open adoptions
- Closed adoptions
- Private adoptions
- Domestic adoptions
- International adoptions
- Stepparent adoptions
- Termination of parental rights
- Paternity registry
I will take you step-by-step through the process, helping you cut through the red tape to bring a child into your family.
Dealing With The Termination Of Parental Rights
Even after an adoption is finalized, it can be challenged by the birth parents if the termination of parental rights is not handled correctly. Avoiding the possibility of a challenge by the birth parents is always a top priority. During the adoption process, I make sure that both the birth parents and the adoptive parents are aware of their rights and understand the process so that we can substantiate the birth parents consent.
When The Biological Father Resists The Adoption
One of the first steps in the adoption process is to identify the biological parents of the child. Both parents have equal parental rights and the biological father must terminate his rights the same as the biological mother. Some fathers may wish to remain a part of their child’s life, others may voluntarily surrender their parental rights to avoid the obligation of paying child support and some may be considered an unfit parent. Together we address this at the beginning of the process to ensure that we get the father’s consent.
Experience With International Adoptions
International adoptions involve a complex mix of domestic and foreign governmental agencies, laws and regulations. In addition to federal and Georgia state adoption laws, international adoptions must also follow guidelines laid out in the Hague Adoption Convention and comply with the requirements of the child’s country of birth.
For more than 15 years, I have helped people work through the international adoption process. My goal is to make the process run smoothly so your is in your arms as soon as possible.