Domestic Adoption Services

Holding handsWhether you are considering adopting a child who is a relative, working with an adoption agency to find your child, or trying to decide between open and closed adoption, our experienced legal team will guide you through the adoption process. Our goal is to help families become stable and remain intact. The attorneys will work with you to develop the best domestic adoption plan for your family. Whether you are looking for a Marietta adoption attorney or anywhere else in Georgia our attorneys are experienced and happy to help you. Our legal team also has an extensive background working on interstate domestic adoption cases.

Independent Adoptions: are completed without the involvement of a state or private agency.  Independent adoptions in Georgia are between a child and a third party who is neither the stepparent nor a relative of that child.

Stepparent Adoption: involves the adoption of a child by the new spouse of the birthparent.  It requires the termination of rights of the other biological or legal parent of the child.  The termination of rights can be achieved either through voluntary surrender or through court-ordered termination based on a lack of financial or emotional involvement of the non-custodial parent.

Relative Adoption: involves the adoption of a child who is related by blood or marriage to the prospective adoptive parents, who are the child’s grandparent, great-grandparent, aunt, uncle, great aunt, great uncle, or sibling.  The termination of the parental rights of the child’s legal parents can be achieved either through voluntary surrender or through court-ordered termination based on lack of financial or emotional involvement.

Domestication of an Adoption or Guardianship completed Abroad: Domestication of a Foreign Adoption Decree involves a state “re-adoption” process when a family has already obtained a final adoption or guardianship abroad.  Depending on the type of visa with which the child enters the United States, this may or may not be a necessary step to take in order to complete the immigration process.

Adult Adoptions: involve the adoption of a person who is over 18 in Georgia. The adoptions are more simple to complete than the other types of adoptions in Georgia, as they do not require the consent or termination of the legal parents’ rights.

Birth mother Representation If you are a birth mother, we will help you through making your adoption plan and give you non-judgemental, zealous, and personal representation.

ICPC – Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children: The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) requires strict rules to be followed and steps to be taken before a child can be moved from one state to another for the purposes of adoption.  Steffas & Associates, P.C. handles these cases regularly and can help ensure a smooth transition from one state to another in anticipation of an adoption.

Guardianship: allows for an adult to gain legal custody over a child.  This process does not bestow full parental rights, nor does it require termination of parental rights of the birth or legal parents.

Additional Adoption Services Provided:

  • Private Adoptions
  • Relinquishment Of Parental Rights
  • Terminations Of Parental Rights