Second Parent

Second Parent Adoptions

Through a second parent adoption, a parental figure may legally adopt a child, even if he or she isn’t married to the legal or biological parent and even if they do not live in the same household as the child. This option is often a good solution for unmarried gay and lesbian couples and also frequently helps a grandparent adopt his/her grandchild without the termination of their child’s parental rights.  We have also done many adoptions where an involved aunt or uncle adopts a child when one of the biological parents has become uninvolved with the child.

The attorneys at FRANCIS & BERRY DOMER provide advocacy for couples who need a second parent adoption. We can handle all aspects of these adoptions, including termination of a biological parent’s parental rights. Other steps need to be taken before securing the second parent adoption, including a home study, background checks and other measures to ensure the child’s safety. Our partnering adoption agency, Heartland Adoption Agency, can often help you accomplish these steps for you.   After these steps are completed, we can guide you through the process of filing the petition for adoption and represent you in the final court hearing.

Our lawyers are very familiar with the courts and have good relationships with area judges. We strive to complete the adoption process for clients as efficiently and effectively as possible and are skilled at preparing clients for every step in the legal process.