Lake Norman Adoption Attorneys
Representing Clients Throughout North Carolina
Making the decision to adopt can be both challenging and fulfilling for families. By opening your hearts and homes to a child in need, you provide them with hope and love, while they, in turn, bring immeasurable joy and fulfillment to your lives. The rewards of building and nurturing a family are truly profound.
In today's world, adoption has gained popularity with various options available, including foster care adoption and infant adoption. Regardless of the path you choose, it is essential to have the guidance of an experienced attorney to navigate the legal aspects of adoption. At Blood Law, PLLC, our team of lawyers is dedicated to assisting you throughout the process, allowing you to focus on the journey to becoming a parent.
Advantages of Hiring a Lake Norman Adoption Attorney
Embarking on the adoption journey alone can be daunting, especially if you have little or no experience with adoption programs or agencies. However, don't let the process deter you from changing a child's life forever. By enlisting the support of a Lake Norman adoption attorney, you can stay well-informed and organized as you navigate the adoption process. Here are some benefits you can experience:
A Lake Norman adoption lawyer will meticulously review your adoption application and identify any errors or issues that may arise. Avoid the frustration of waiting for months, only to discover that a mistake on your paperwork has delayed the process.
Our Lake Norman adoption lawyer has assisted numerous clients in similar adoption journeys. They possess comprehensive knowledge about the process, crucial deadlines, required documentation, and valuable tips to help you move forward confidently.
In the rare event of complications during the adoption process, our Lake Norman adoption attorney can provide you with strong representation in court. While issues are not common, it is wise to have a legal advocate on your side as a precautionary measure.
How Can I Adopt a Baby in NC?
Becoming an adoptive parent in North Carolina entails a thorough assessment and approval process, which includes attending courses, participating in interviews, undergoing home visits, and undergoing a criminal background check. Approval for adoptive parents is granted by the local county Department of Social Services (DSS) or a private agency.
The basic steps for adoption in North Carolina are as follows:
- Choose an adoption agency and attend an orientation meeting with them.
- Complete a pre-placement assessment (PPA) or adoptive home study.
- Register with AdoptUsKids to search for a child available for adoption.
- Register with the NC Kids Office to join the database of approved adoptive families.
- Submit your PPA for children in need of a loving home.
- Once matched with a child, schedule a meeting to visit the child and make plans for their transition to your residence.
- Finalize the legal adoption process and receive the final decree of adoption.
What Are the Costs of Adopting a Child in NC?
The cost of adopting a child in North Carolina can range from $3,000 to $40,000 or more, depending on various factors such as the circumstances of the adoption and its duration. Several factors that may influence the overall cost of adoption in N.C. include:
- Your relationship to the child (adopting a relative tends to be more affordable)
- Involvement of social services
- International adoption plans
- The length of the adoption process
How Long Does It Take to Adopt a Baby?
The timeframe for adopting a child varies widely, ranging from a few months to several years, depending on the child's age and the type of adoption. Adopting a child from foster care typically takes six to 18 months, while adopting a newborn can take two to seven years. International adoptions may require six or more years. Remaining flexible regarding the child's age and gender can help expedite the adoption process.
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With offices in Charlotte, Waxhaw & Lake Norman, we make it easier for families across North Carolina to find quality counsel.
Children Come FirstWith the complexities of family law, we put the well-being and safety of your children at the forefront of your case.
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Anna Blood Founder and Managing Attorney
Olivia Lowery Senior Attorney
Allison Morris Associate Attorney
Michael Mohun Law Clerk
Lauren Andrews Associate Attorney
Allison Thomas Senior Attorney
Rachael Beller Law Clerk
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Liz Whitaker Paralegal
Samantha Mishko Law Clerk
Niki High Paralegal
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