Long Island Adoption Attorneys Simplify the Process
Guiding families through adoption
As a full-service family law firm, Simonetti & Associates provides services to adults who wish to adopt children. Most of this work entails helping stepparents formalize their relationship with a spouse’s offspring to build greater unity in a blended family. But we also help couples finalize agency or private adoptions. Adding to your family should be an occasion for joy. With more than 30 years of experience, Simonetti & Associates gives you peace of mind, knowing that your adoption has been properly finalized and is legally valid.
What kinds of adoptions are available in New York?
Adoption is the legal process by which a person becomes a lawful member of a family different from the birth family. From the moment the adoption is finalized, the adoptive parent has all the rights and responsibilities a natural parent would. For that reason, it’s imperative to make good choices at every stage of the adoption process. Simonetti & Associates assists with different types of adoptions, which prospective parents choose according to their circumstances and preferences:
- Agency adoption: Agencies perform the tasks of finding a birth mother who wants to give up her child for adoption, finding a compatible adoptive family and then terminating the birth mother’s and father’s parental rights. Thus, there is generally no prior relationship between the adoptive family and the child in an agency adoption.
- Private adoption: The adoptive family personally seeks an expectant mother who plans to give up her child for adoption. The adoptive family may pay the birth mother’s medical and other bills or expenses and, in consultation with an adoption attorney, make arrangements that an agency would otherwise handle.
- Domestic adoption: This is an adoption of a child residing in the United States.
- International adoption: This is an adoption of a child from outside the United States. Different nations have different laws about whether foreign nationals can remove children through adoption.
- Stepparent adoption: This most common type of adoption occurs when a parent’s spouse, who is not the child’s biological parent, adopts the child. The child’s noncustodial biological parent, if still living, must consent. If the biological parent refuses, the adoption cannot take place unless the court terminates the biological parent’s rights. Once the stepparent adoption is complete, the noncustodial parent loses all rights to the child, including custody and visitation.
- Third-party adoption: This occurs when the adoptive family is not in any way related to the child.
To finalize any New York state adoption, you must petition the court for approval. Consult an experienced family law attorney to ensure that your petition is in proper order.