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Tulsa Adoption Lawyer

Compassionate Advocacy for Adopting Parents in Oklahoma

There is nothing more wonderful than deciding to open your home and family to another child. The adoption process can be complex, but Bundren Law Firm P.C. can help you with all the legal requirements to protect your parental rights. Our Tulsa adoption attorney is committed to making the process as stress-free as possible for you and your family.

Types of Adoption

Potential adoptive parents have different reasons and preferences when adopting a child. Our firm recognizes your right to building the family that you want and need. We are experienced in a number of legal issues that may arise during the adoption process.

We have represented clients with different types of adoption cases, such as:

  • Domestic adoption - The most common form of adoption, typically involving parents adopting a non-biological child born in the United States. Oklahoma law allows mothers to release newborns to the custody of adoptive parents from the hospital.
  • Same-Sex adoption - Oklahoma state and federal anti-discrimination laws protect potential LGBT parents. Same-sex married couples can legally adopt a child together.
  • Special needs adoption - Focused on special needs children placed under the care of the state. Adults seeking to adopt special needs children must undergo extensive training from different agencies
  • Foster care adoption (FostAdopt) - A child is matched with a foster family who is interested in adopting the child
  • Interstate adoption - Attorneys are especially needed for Oklahoma families to adopt a child or children from another state. Different state laws can affect the adoption process. Additionally, the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) has specific requirements for moving a child between states for adoption
  • Step-parent adoption - When one wishes to adopt their spouse's biological child from a previous relationship. The child's other, non-custodial birth parent must agree to the adoption or their parental rights must be terminated by Oklahoma courts.
  • Relative adoption - The adoption of a grandchild, nephew, niece, or another young relative.
  • Adult adoption - When an adult or the adult's legal guardian gives consent for another adult to legally adopt them

There are some adoption eligibility requirements that vary from state to state. Our Tulsa adoption lawyer can assist you in establishing your capability to provide a loving, safe, and stable home for your new family member.

How to Adopt a Child in Oklahoma

Oklahoma adoptions are not always straightforward. In order to adopt a child in the state of Oklahoma, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Be in reasonable good health
  • Have sufficient beds and space for the child or children
  • Be able to meet the financial needs of your expanded family

You required to participate in a home assessment and 27-hour orientation session. If you have a spouse or partner, they also must participate in the assessment and orientation with you.

The home assessment includes:

  • Fingerprinting
  • Background and reference checks
  • A medical examination
  • Interviews with all family members
  • A home study
  • Verification of income, automobile insurance, and vaccinations for any pets
  • Completion of required application and forms

Depending on the type of adoption and whether you're working with an agency, there may be additional requirements. If you are adopting a child out of state, you will need to complete a post-placement home study once the child returns with you to Oklahoma.

After this, your adoption finalization hearing is scheduled with your local district court. Here, you will be legally recognized as the child's parent.

Legal Assistance Through the Adoption Process in Tulsa, OK

The adoption process can be complex, tedious, and emotionally draining. When you retain our counsel, we fully explain all your options and legal rights during the process. We provide compassionate and honest counsel.

We work tirelessly to accomplish all the legal requirements in your case. Family law attorney Bundren has an established affiliation with child adoption professionals and experts who can assist in ensuring a favorable outcome.

Are you ready to become an adoptive parent? Our adoption attorney in Tulsa can evaluate your case when you call (918) 992-3300.

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