Adoption is the creation of a family relationship among people who are not related by blood. While an adoption is one of the happiest and most exciting events for the adopting family, it is important to remember that adoption is a legal process. There are many, many steps to be taken and many, many requirements to be met. These steps and requirements are meant to protect the rights of all of the parties involved. As laws regarding adoption have changed, the issues and options surrounding adoptions have increased dramatically. Access to adoption records, single-parent adoption, step-parent adoption, third party adoption, adoption based on the involuntary termination of parental rights, adoption when one biological parent cannot be located, and the rights of unwed fathers are just some of the issues to be considered.
As a strong advocate for adoption, Leslie appreciates the process and the requirements and uses her many years of experience to guide clients successfully through the adoption process. Leslie represents clients in Adult Adoptions, Third Party Adoptions, Step-Parent Adoptions, Relative Adoptions, and out of state adoptions (ICPC Adoptions). Each of these processes is unique. It is important to find a lawyer who is knowledgeable and who can provide advise particular to your situation.