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Adoption

Surratt Law Practice, PC is a Reno adoption law firm that provides adoption and related legal services to clients. There is truly an unprecedented need for homes for thousands of children across the nation as well as in Nevada.

The desire to make a difference in a child’s life is a wonderful thing. While the decision to adopt can lead to a very blessed time in one’s life, it also can be very stressful without proper guidance. Leave it to us to make your adoption experience a happy, stress free, and joyful time for your family.

There are many different steps and legal processes necessary for making your specific adoption legal. With many years of professional experience at serving the families of Nevada, the lawyers at Surratt Law are well versed and well practiced at guiding you through the ins and outs of written consents, age requirements, and parental rights. Our skilled adoption attorneys are more than capable of handling a wide variety of cases that may include, but are not limited to:

It is common for clients to seek advice from Surratt Law Practice regarding an open versus a closed adoption. In an open adoption, the birth parents are allowed to know who the adoptive parents are. The birth parents may be allowed to meet the adoptive parents and exchange certain limited information. In a closed adoption, however, the birth parents and adoptive parents may or may not know each other’s identifying information, but the birth parents do not have contact with the child after the adoption is completed.

In other situations, such as adult adoptions, a child may have been raised his or her entire life by their stepparent and, after the age of 18, simply wish to make that relationship legal and officially represented. A skilled Reno adult adoption and/or stepparent adoption lawyer can assist you in drafting your adoption petition to the court and help you through the process. It is important to have an attorney that comprehends all parental rights variables to assist you to accomplish a legal adoption.

The precursor to an adoption is often a termination of parental rights. Termination can be accomplished through consent or a contested termination litigation action. Our termination of parental rights attorneys are experienced litigation attorneys who can handle any matter that goes to court. Our desire is to always avoid a contested action and we will take all steps necessary to assist you in avoiding litigation. If you are considering signing a consent it is not an easy decision for parents but you may realize that it is in your child’s best interest. Whether you are considering signing a consent to terminate your parental right or you are considering terminating a person’s parental rights, it is best to consult with a Nevada termination of parental rights attorney to assess your rights, interests and the process.

Nevada is an agency state – meaning that no private placement adoptions by attorneys are allowed. Nevada adoptions require an agency. With that said, Surratt Law is not an adoption agency. Surratt law does not match birth parents to adopting parents. We can however direct you to an agency that can properly assist you with such services.

Kim Surratt is a fellow of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys, a member of American Society of Reproductive Medicine, has attended multiple Advanced Adoption seminars and has many years of experience in matters encompassing surrogacy and adoption. Kim enjoys creating bonds with her clients and giving them the adoption experience that they are searching for. She will handle your adoption needs with a compassion and sincerity.

Surratt Law Practices is committed to representing any parties who are eligible and motivated to participate in the adoption process. Surratt Law Practice warmly invites you to contact a well qualified Nevada adoption attorney today at (775) 636-8200 for a consultation.

RESOURCES

Options Magazine

Options Magazine provides free information for birth mothers with an unplanned pregnancy. Has many articles to help pregnant girls, teens and women deal with options for their babies and themselves.

Sierra Association of Foster Families

By providing easy access to services and support for all foster parents, we will improve the lives of the children we seek to serve.

Adoption in Washoe County

The main purpose of our adoption service is to find families for children, not children for families. Our program is child-focused. Families wishing to adopt are valuable resources to us for the placement needs of Washoe County’s children.

Nevada Division of Child and Family Services Adoption

Nevada Revised Statute and Nevada Administrative Code 127 govern the adoption of children, and are designed to protect the best interests of children, their birth parents, persons who wish to adopt and adult adopted persons.

Baby Center

BabyCenter is the voice of the 21st Century Mom® and modern motherhood. Now the Web’s #1 global interactive parenting network, it has nurtured more than 100 million parents since its launch in 1997.

Gotcha Gift Registry

GotchaGiftRegistry.com was created by an adoptive parent for adoptive parents. It is a personalized gift registry package that allows adoptive parents to share their journey with family and friends and invite them to contribute in meaningful ways to the high costs of adoption.

Adoption Choices of Nevada

American Adoption Congress

The American Adoption Congress is comprised of individuals, families and organizations committed to adoption reform. We represent those whose lives are touched by adoption or other loss of family continuity. We promote honesty, openness and respect for family connections in adoption, foster care and assisted reproduction. We provide education for our members and professional communities about the lifelong process of adoption. We advocate legislation that will grant every individual access to information about his or her family and heritage.

American Association of Open Adoption Agencies

The purpose of these AAOAA pages is to give you the best information possible about adoption. The information here will help you find the agency providing the highest quality of infant and older child adoption services.

American Academy of Pediatrics & Healthy Children

The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 60,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

National Adoption Center

The National Adoption Center expands adoption opportunities for children living in foster care throughout the United States, and is a resource to families and to agencies who seek the permanency of caring homes for children.

Adoption Scams – Ethical Adoption

Unethical practices and adoption scams do not only happen to adoptive parents. Expectant mothers, birth parents, adoptees and adoption professionals are also at risk. The key to an ethical and positive adoption journey is to educate yourself, know who you are working with and thoroughly research your options and the laws. In order for a con to be successful, often times the con will hide under the cloak of legitimate professionals. Or simply not hide at all.

Yahoo Adoption Scam Group

Unite against adoption scams and unfair treatment! As a member, please remember that any negative postings can be removed by request of the target of the postings. Adoption Scam Group was created and is moderated by http://www.abcadoptions.com for the safety of ABC Parent Profile holders. Other than ABC Adoptions Profile holders are invited to join; however, postings referring members to other parent profile sites, dear birthmother link ads, adoption advertising, professional adoption sites or other Yahoo Groups will not be accepted.

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