Choosing an Adoption Attorney is an important step in the adoption journey. Lunn Law LLC and Attorney Tiffany R. Lunn-White do not handle all types of adoptions. However, there are six types of adoptions in Georgia. They are:
- Adoption by foreign degree : The child has already been adopted in another county. The child must have a valid visa.
- Adoption by relative (s) : An aunt, uncle, great grandparent, great-grandparent, great aunt, great uncle or a sister of brother of child adopts the child. The child may be related to the person adopting the child either by blood or marriage.
- Adoption by third party : Someone who is not a stepparent or relative adopts the child. These adoptions do not involve an agency.
- Adult adoption : The person to be adopted is over the age of 18.
- Public or private agency adoption : The state or a private agency places the child with the adoptive parent(s).
- Step-parent adoption : A stepparent adopts the child.
Lunn Law LLC handles Step-parent Adoptions and Relative Adoptions. In Step-parent adoptions, a biological parent has married and the step-parent/spouse of the biological parent desires to become a legal parent to his/her spouse’s biological child. In step-parent adoptions, if granted, the court terminates the parental rights of the other biological parent. In some cases, our law practice also assists biological parents defend against the termination of their parental rights.
In Step-parent Adoptions, there is one procedure for when both biological parents are living and other procedure is one biological parent is deceased. If the biological parent whose parental rights are to be terminated is no longer living then the step-parent must obtain the consent of the remaining living parent (their spouse) for the adoption to continue. If both biological parents are living then the the step-parent must obtain surrender of rights documentation from the biological parent whose parental rights are to be terminated. If the step-parent fails to obtain the necessary surrender documentation then further steps have to taken for the adoption to proceed.
In Relative Adoptions, the person desiring to adopt the minor child is a relative of that child (such as an uncle, aunt, grandparent). There is a specific section of Georgia law that outlines the concerns the adoption of children by an individual or individuals who are related to the child or children. This section of the Georgia law reads as follows:
“a child who has any living parent or guardian may be adopted by a relative who is related by blood or marriage to the child as a grandparent, great-grandparent, aunt, uncle, great aunt, great uncle, or sibling only if each such living parent and each such guardian has voluntarily and in writing surrendered to that relative and any spouse of such relative all of his or her rights to the child for the purpose of enabling that relative and any such spouse to adopt the child. In the case of a child 14 years of age or older, the written consent of the child to his adoption must be given and acknowledged in the presence of the court.”
To speak with family law and adoption attorney, Tiffany R. Lunn-White, Esq. of Lunn Law LLC, contact us online or call Lunn Law LLC at 770.492.2974.