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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...

What’s the best age to tell my child that he’s adopted?

What’s the best age to tell my child that he’s adopted?

I often have conversations with adoptive parents who are struggling with when and how to tell their child he or she is adopted.  Because Adoption Law Group completes lots of stepparent adoptions, many of these conversations are with moms wondering when and how...