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Someone wise once said that “Adopting one child won’t change the world: but for that child, the world will change.”  If you are considering the adoption of a child, the Law Offices of DiFrancia & DeDona. commends you.  Making someone else’s child your own is a noble act.

When helping prospective parents add to their family, Law Offices of DiFrancia & DeDona. works with a variety of people.  Understandably, the world of adoption is highly regulated.  Without question, ensuring the safety and stability of children is paramount.  However, parents also need to safeguard their interests.

At times, it may not seem like the process is swift enough.  However, assuring a loving home does not come with an expiration date.  During an adoption, it is crucial to be patient and cooperative. Our office will guide you through the process and help you avoid obstacles, as well as provide the necessary documentation to circumvent challenges.

New Jersey Adoption Law

The New Jersey legislature summed up the New Jersey Adoption Act in two short sentences.  The best interests of the child are paramount, as is the safety of the child.  Notwithstanding, the rights of all parties should be considered in adoption proceedings.  This includes the interests of the biological parents.
There are many intricacies to adoption law that suggest seeking advice from an experienced adoption lawyer.  Additionally, adoptions may be arranged in a variety of ways.  These include:

  • Stepparent adoption
  • Private adoption
  • Adoption arranged by an approved agency
  • Same-sex adoption
  • Overseas adoption

In some cases, it will be necessary to obtain consent from the biological parents to pursue the complaint for adoption.   The consent might be authorized by both the biological mother and father.  If the biological father is unknown, there must be evidence of due diligence to obtain his name.  Otherwise, there is a risk that the father may appear after the adoption award and attempt to assert his rights.

The decision to relinquish parental rights is a serious one.  Nevertheless, there are many reasons that biological parents feel it is the most unselfish act they can do for their children.  If you are in this position, you should speak to an experienced adoption attorney so that you clearly understand your decision.

In matters where the court has permanently terminated parental rights, the child may be available for adoption.  If only one parent’s rights have been terminated, consent of the other will be necessary.

Clearly, there is a great more to adoption law.  In the end, the hope is that both children and parents will find love and security as a new family.

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Contact the Law Offices of DiFrancia & DeDona. if you have concerns regarding adoption issues.  Our office is happy to explain the process and guide you through it.

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