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Adopting During Covid-19

Adopting During Covid-19

We are all trying to navigate these very strange times and it’s still difficult to guess just how far-reaching the health and financial effects of Covid-19 will be. Obviously, for those waiting to bring home a child they are adopting internationally, the additional...

Dealing With an Out-of-Country Birth Father

Dealing With an Out-of-Country Birth Father

In California stepparent adoptions, a very common concern is whether it’s possible to proceed with the adoption when the birth father is no longer in the country and either cannot be found or will not consent to the adoption.  The short answer is yes, most likely. ...

Do I need a lawyer to adopt my stepchild in California?

Do I need a lawyer to adopt my stepchild in California?

Whether or not you need an attorney to adopt your stepchild in California depends on several factors.  Since we’re adoption attorneys, it’s tempting to say, “of course!” but we also want everyone, regardless of income, to have access to adoption, so here’s the...