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New Jersey Adoption Lawyers

For individuals and couples seeking to adopt, navigating the complexities of the adoption process can be a challenge. Both private and agency adoptions are subject to strict statutory requirements in New Jersey; and, for those seeking to adopt a child from another state or internationally, there can be multiple sets of laws that apply.

At Helmer, Conley & Kasselman, we help simplify the adoption process. Our family lawyers have extensive experience in all types of private and agency adoptions, and we carefully guide our clients through each step along the way. We help our clients feel confident in their actions and decisions, ensuring that unexpected issues do not interfere with starting and expanding their families.

Adoption Options in New Jersey

While there are several different types of adoptions, in most cases, individuals and couples seeking to adopt do not need to pour over a list to find the option that best suits their family circumstances and personal desires. Different adoption types are best suited to different circumstances, and this means that choosing the right form of adoption simply means understanding your own wants and needs. That said, if you have questions about some of the different types of adoption that are available, our attorneys will be happy to review your options in detail and help you make an informed decision.

Some of the most common types of adoption in New Jersey include:

  • Foster parent adoptions
  • Grandparent adoptions
  • International adoptions
  • Other relative adoptions
  • Private adoptions between unrelated parties
  • Same-sex couple adoptions
  • Step-parent adoptions
  • Adoptions of children with special needs

In many circumstances, biological and adoptive parents have the ability to choose between “closed” and “open” adoptions. With a closed adoption, the biological mother and father do not have any contact with the child following the adoption. The respective parents’ identities can be kept confidential, and the entire adoption process can be completed without interaction of any kind between the parties.

With open adoption, the biological parents play a role in the adopted child’s life. The scope of this role can (and should) be carefully defined, with the terms of the biological parents’ contract specified in a written and signed open adoption agreement. Under the right circumstances, open adoption can be the best option for all parties involved; and, if you are considering an open adoption, we can help you understand and choose between the different possibilities for placing structure around the biological parents’ contact with your adopted child.

Regardless of the options you choose, adopting is undoubtedly a life-changing experience, and our goal is to ensure that legal hurdles do not stand in the way of starting your new family life. To get started with a confidential consultation, contact us today.

Contact Helmer, Conley & Kasselman | New Jersey Adoption Lawyers

With multiple convenient office locations, the family lawyers at Helmer, Conley & Kasselman represent clients in adoptions throughout New Jersey. If you have questions or would like to speak with an attorney about the adoption process, please call 1-877-435-6371 or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation.

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