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Handling Adoptions For All Oregon Families

Few events are more exciting than welcoming a new member into the family. A legal misstep, however, can derail the process, causing unnecessary stress and delays. An experienced adoption lawyer can help you fulfill all of your legal obligations, so you can focus on welcoming the new member of your family.

I am Shelley L. Fuller, an experienced Beaverton adoption lawyer who can immediately help you and your family with the adoption process. I have helped clients adopt their stepchildren and grandchildren for many years. I know how to work in both family court and probate court to help clients obtain custody or guardianship of the children they love. I handle all types of family adoptions, including stepparent, grandparent and adult adoptions as well as adoptions for same-sex couples and other nontraditional families.

If you are seeking an adoption, call my office today at 503-626-1808.

Stepparent Adoptions

Stepparent adoptions are the most common type of adoption in Oregon. For many blended families, a stepparent adoption serves as a legal recognition of the day-to-day reality that a child's real parents are the people caring for them on a regular, consistent basis and that a biological parent has been noticeably absent. Once a stepparent adoption is final, the stepparent, now deemed the legal parent, takes over the legal rights of the biological parent whose rights were relinquished or terminated.

Many people are motivated to modify the legal relationship and wish to complete a stepparent adoption because they are concerned about what might happen to the child in the event the custodial parent became incompetent or died. Under those circumstances, without a stepparent adoption, a child could be forced to live with a formerly absent biological parent who they do not necessarily know or consider a parental figure.

Adult Adoptions

Adult adoptions in Oregon are pretty straightforward. When one adult wishes to adopt another adult, it is not necessary to gain consult from the adoptee's parents. Both parties simply need to consent to the adoption and file the appropriate paperwork.

Relative Adoptions

Relative adoptions are slightly more complicated than stepparent adoptions. The state imposes home studies, post-placement fees and other requirements on relatives wishing to adopt a child, but those requirements can be waived in some circumstances.

When first-degree relatives such as grandparents, aunts and uncles wish to adopt, the home study can be waived provided the child has lived in the adoptive parents' home for at least one year.

When second-degree relatives, such as great grandparents, or great aunts or uncles, wish to adopt, the post-placement fee cannot be waived, and the family will be required to complete a Home Study through an adoption agency. Studies generally cost approximately $1500. There is also a post-placement home study requirement but this may be waived if a child has been living in the home for at least one year.

Contact An Experienced Portland Family Adoption Lawyer Today

If you would like to become your child's legal parent, because you've always been there and have always been "dad" or "mom," contact my Oregon family law firm today or call my office at 503-626-1808 to schedule a consultation with an experienced Beaverton relative adoption attorney.

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