Adoption

Helping Families Grow Through Adoption

Nothing gives us more pleasure than using our legal knowledge and skill to help families grow through the process of adoption.

At Burttram & Henderson, in Birmingham, Alabama, our family law attorneys are experienced in all types of adoptions, including:

  • Stepparent adoption: Before you can adopt your spouse's children from another relationship, their other parent must agree to the arrangement and allow his or her parental rights to be permanently terminated.
  • Grandparent adoption and in-family adoption: Grandparents often step in to care for grandchildren when the parents are unable to do so because of incarceration, substance abuse problems or other issues. We also help aunts, uncles, and older siblings adopt their younger relatives.
  • International adoption: Adopting a child from overseas can be extremely challenging and time-consuming. There is voluminous paperwork and it all has to be completed perfectly. It pays to have an experienced attorney who understands the legal and technical demands and knows how to get it all done right.
  • Private adoptions: Will this be an open adoption? How much contact will there be between the biological parents and the adoptive parents before, during and after the birth?

Although adoptive parents focus on the happy day when they hold their child in their arms for the first time, our adoption lawyers focus on the details that will provide the new family with a solid legal foundation for a lifetime.

A haphazard approach to adoption can result in heartbreak for adoptive parents. A country might deny the adoption. A birth parent's relative can suddenly appear and assert his or her right to adopt the child. We take pains to get all the details right.

To learn more about how we can help, please contact us today. The initial consultation is free of charge.