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Reno Adoption Lawyer

Serving Families in Lyon, Churchill, and Washoe Counties 

Adopting a child is a life-changing decision that requires careful consideration and legal guidance. Our experienced Reno adoption lawyers are here to help guide you through the adoption process, whether you are considering domestic adoption, international adoption, stepparent adoption, or foster care adoption.

Our team can provide assistance with:

  • Understanding the legal requirements for adoption in Nevada
  • Navigating the home study process
  • Completing the necessary paperwork and documentation
  • Representing you in court proceedings, if necessary

At Surratt Law Practice, we understand the emotional and legal complexities of adoption, and we are committed to providing compassionate and knowledgeable legal support to families in Lyon, Churchill, and Washoe counties.

Our Nevada Adoption Lawyers

Surratt Law Practice, PC is a Reno adoption law firm that provides adoption and related legal services to clients. Thousands of children across the nation and in Nevada are in dire need of a home.

Making 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 can be incredibly stressful without proper guidance. Let Surratt Law Practice make your adoption experience a happy, stress-free, and joyful time for your family.

Surratt Law Practice is committed to serving clients embarking on their parenting journeys through adoption. For a compassionate family law attorney, we warmly invite you to call today. 


Types of Adoption Cases

There are many different steps and legal processes necessary when adopting. 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:

  • Independent Adoptions
  • Agency Adoptions
  • Open Adoption
  • Closed Adoption
  • Stepparent Adoption
  • Second Parent Adoption
  • LGBT Adoption
  • Single Parent Adoption
  • International Adoption
  • Dual Parent Adoption
  • Contested Adoption
  • Adult Adoption
  • Grandparent Rights
  • Foster Parent Rights
  • Termination of Parental Rights
  • ICPC (Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children)
  • Post Adoption Contact Agreements
  • Post Adoption Complications

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 can 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 another 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.

Reno Adoption Attorneys 

Nevada is an agency state – meaning that no private placement adoptions by attorneys are allowed. Nevada adoptions require an agency. 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.

Surratt Law Practice attorneys are sincere and compassionate with each client, providing guidance, care and focus on what is important: the start of a new family. 

Surratt Law Practice invites you to contact a Nevada adoption attorney today at +1(775) 924-1306 or email for a consultation. 

Nevada Adoption Laws FAQ

What are the legal requirements for adopting a child in Reno, NV?

The legal requirements for adopting a child in Reno, NV include being at least 21 years old, completing a home study, undergoing background checks, and meeting the specific requirements set by the Nevada adoption laws.

What is the process for terminating parental rights in an adoption case?

The process for terminating parental rights in an adoption case involves filing a petition with the court, providing notice to the biological parents, attending a termination of parental rights hearing, and obtaining a final decree of adoption.

Can same-sex couples adopt in Reno, NV?

Yes, same-sex couples can adopt in Reno, NV. The state of Nevada allows same-sex couples to adopt jointly and provides legal protections for LGBTQ+ individuals who wish to adopt.

How long does the adoption process take in Nevada?

The adoption process timeline can vary depending on factors such as the type of adoption, the age of the child, and any legal or bureaucratic delays. On average, the process can take several months to over a year to complete.

What are the costs associated with adoption in Nevada?

 Adoption costs can vary widely depending on the type of adoption, agency fees, legal fees, and other expenses. It's essential for prospective adoptive parents to budget carefully and explore available financial assistance options.

Do birth parents have rights in Nevada adoptions?

Yes, birth parents have rights in Nevada adoptions, including the right to consent to the adoption, receive counseling, and participate in the selection of adoptive parents. Birth parents' rights must be terminated before an adoption can be finalized.

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