Adoption can change the life of a child forever. At Tolison & Williams, Attorneys at Law, LLC, we handle several types of adoption, including stepparent adoption, kinship adoption and custodial adoption.
When another family member wants to become the parent of a child, our Denver area law practice offers the representation needed to achieve the best possible results. We understand that adoption can sometimes become complex and emotional, and we are well-prepared to guide you through the legal system.
If there is a nonparticipative parent, such as a parent who has been incarcerated or otherwise uninvolved in the child's life, termination of parental rights must occur before the other relative can adopt.
Most of the adoptions we handle are stepparent adoptions that occur when a parent has remarried, and the new stepparent takes more of an active role in the child's life than his or her biological parent. Often, stepchild adoptions occur when a biological father or mother has passed away or has been out of a child's life for many years.
A stepparent adoption formalizes the role that a stepparent has in the child's life and brings the family together by making things "official." Children can assume the stepparent's surname, which can clear up confusion in school and solidify the child's feelings of acceptance in a loving family.
We represent grandparents, aunts, uncles and other relatives in kinship adoptions. Each of these adoptions is unique and occurs because of different circumstances. Often, relatives have cared for the child for many years before the adoption takes place, so the child is already integrated into the adoptive family's household.
This type of adoption typically occurs when a nonfamily member has custody of a child. Often, custodial adoptions are sought by foster parents who have come to know and love the children they have welcomed into their homes. Custodial adoption makes the relationship official and protects the bond between child and adoptive parent in the future.
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