Question

I have a foster child who has been in care for almost a year and things are progressing towards adoption. Termination of parental rights is in the works and we want to make sure that things continue to go smoothly. Can you recommend a lawyer we can discuss our situation with and make sure that things are going according to the law. We and other foster families in our area have had some serious issues with our DCS not following their own guidelines.

ACT's Response

You want someone who is knowledgeable and experienced with adoptions from foster care. These adoptions are much more complicated than standard ones, involving a variety of laws and policies and the availability of subsidies. Ask your fellow foster parents or your state foster parent organization for a recommendation. Be wary of an attorney suggested by the child welfare department as they may have different goals. If you don't have a personal connection with other foster/adopt parents, use the internet to find families from your state who feel they were well represented by their attorney. Good luck!

Originally posted

September 9, 2011 - 10:27pm

Last updated

September 15, 2011 - 10:12am