Adoption / Termination Parental Rights

Adoptions can be happy events involving additions to a family or the formal creation of parental rights for a step-parent who has been fulfilling the role of a parent for years. However, many times, an adoption also requires the termination of parental rights for an existing parent.  Often, this formal termination can cause a parent who has otherwise been non-existent to suddenly challenge an adoption in a last effort to preserve their parental rights.  Additionally, an attorney ad litem, who is appointed by the court to represent the proposed adopted child, will make a recommendation to the court regarding the adoption.  Working with an attorney during an adoption is very important for influencing the ad litem to make an appropriate recommendation, as well as, in making sure that the adoption is secure, and ties with the previous parent are completely severed.