The Virginia Administrative Code defines adoption as the legal process in which a child's rights and duties associated with his or her birth parents are terminated and similar rights and duties are established with a new family. 22 VAC 40-260

Adoptions are classified in many ways (i.e., open adoptions, closed adoptions, agency adoptions, etc...), but the titles describe various forms of two primary adoption means: agency placement or parental placement. Even international adoptions and step-parent adoptions technically fall into these two categories. Regardless of its description, every type of adoption must follow a set of procedures set out in Virginia’s statutes and all federal and international laws governing the placement of children must also be observed. Domestically, the majority of adoptions come through parental placement, with a substantial portion also working through agencies. International adoptions are almost solely conducted through an agency. Either way, our attorneys are skilled at handling all variations in adoption proceedings.

The sheer amount of protocol and paperwork could be daunting to even the most dedicated potential parent. Thus, retaining an attorney is often the best way for one to ensure a successful expansion of your family. Our attorneys provide assistance for clients from the beginning of the process, for those who have just started investigating options, to those who have located a child and who may only need a lawyer’s assistance with final court representation. We take the complication away, and allow you to focus on more important things during the adoption process, like home visits and, of course, getting to know the new member of the family.

Please call our office today for an appointment today if you are in need of legal assistance with an adoption (757) 463 4900.