Morgantown Adoption Attorneys Help You Navigate the Process
We represent parents in cases of child adoptions
Angotti & Straface, L.C. represents clients in public and private agency adoption proceedings. From our offices in Morgantown, we help West Virginia families with the process of adding a child to their homes. We can also represent clients who want to put children up for adoption. Our attorneys bring nearly 60 years of combined legal experience to the practice of adoption and family law. We offer families who want to adopt a high level of personal attention and quality of legal service.
Adopting a child can be a frustrating process filled with paperwork and waiting. A family law attorney from Angotti & Straface can ease your legal burdens as you prepare to expand your family. We respond promptly to your questions by phone or email, because we know how important it is for you to have answers.
What you need to know about the adoption process
Prospective adoptive parents may choose to adopt through a public agency or a private agency by following this process:
- Initial application. You usually need to complete an initial application to indicate your interest.
- Home study evaluation. Public and private agencies want to be sure they’re placing children in safe and suitable homes. They conduct an exhaustive home study evaluation that includes a visit to the home and interviews conducted by a licensed social worker. All members of the household are interviewed. Adult members undergo a criminal investigation background check.
- Trial period. Once placement is approved, the child lives with you for a trial period.
- Adoption petition. We can help you file the petition for adoption, which can be done after the child has lived with you for at least five months. There is a 45-day wait until the adoption hearing in court.
- Notice of proceeding. Within 20 days of the adoption petition filing, the birth parents of the child are served with a notice of proceeding if they haven’t already terminated their parental rights.
- Confidential report to the judge. The adoption agency writes a confidential report that is submitted to the judge prior to the adoption hearing. It states whether the adoption worker believes the family should be approved to adopt the child.
- Adoption hearing. The judge assesses whether the adoptive parents are of good moral character, have respectable standing in the community, are able to maintain and educate the child, and can provide a home that promotes the child’s best interests. The judge then issues an order, which is recorded by the county clerk.
Whether you choose to adopt through a public or private agency, from within the state or elsewhere in the United States, or from abroad, an adoption lawyer from our firm can help. We assist with initial applications through the home study evaluation to the final court order.
We handle a broad range of adoption cases
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We also work with parents who wish to put their children up for adoption. Your adoption case is in experienced hands with Angotti & Straface.
If you’re interested in adoption, contact us now to schedule your free initial consultation
Angotti & Straface, L.C. in Morgantown helps place children in loving and safe homes. Learn what it takes to bring a child into your home. Call us now at 304-212-7368 or contact us online to arrange for your free initial consultation. We stand by you from the initial application or petition to the final completion in court.