Private Placement Adoptions
Attorney Ross S. Gelber has helped guide numerous families through the process of a private placement adoption. Private placement adoption occurs when the adoptive parents adopt a child directly from the child’s birth parents without the use of an agency.
The most common form of private placement adoptions is stepparent adoptions. A stepparent adoption grants the stepparent the same legal rights and responsibilities as if he or she was a biological parent. This means that a stepparent must agree to be financially responsible for the child and would continue to be even in the event of divorce or separation. When a private placement adoption occurs certain consents must be given in order for the adoption to be granted. Those whose consent is required include:
- The adoptive child, if over the age of fourteen;
- The biological parents if the child is born in wedlock;
- The mother of a child born out-of-wedlock;
- The father of a child born out-of-wedlock, BUT only if the father has maintained substantial and continuous contact with the adoptive child.
Once all consents and paperwork has been filed, the adoptive parents will undergo a home-study and background check before the adoption can be finalized.
For more information please contact Ross S. Gelber at 716-632-5919 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.