If you are adopting or want to learn more about how to adopt a child in your care, call Julia Spannaus for a free consultation. All adoptions need an experienced adoption attorney to ensure they are completed correctly. They can be simple agreements or difficult and complex proceedings, depending upon the circumstances. Termination of Parental Rights hearings, used in cases where parties are not in agreement, are complex matters which require a thorough knowledge of the law.
Relatives and Step-Parents
Adoptions between relatives or as a step-parent can be affordable and quick proceedings if both biological parents are in agreement. If one parent is missing and has been absent for some time, an experienced adoption lawyer can complete the adoption process efficiently for you.
If you are a foster parent seeking to adopt a child, you can likely complete this process at little or no cost to yourself. You want an attorney who ensures you have all of the information you need from the Department of Children’s Services. Depending upon the child’s circumstances, you may be eligible for an adoption subsidy following the adoption. It is important to have an attorney to provide a second look when signing your subsidy contracts, especially if the child you are adopting has special needs or has been subjected to abuse. DCS Adoption Subsidy information can be found here, in their Adoption Subsidy Manual.
A contested adoption can be a long and stressful process. However, it is sometimes the only option to ensure the safety and wellbeing of a child in your care. Speak with an experienced attorney to decide if this is the best option for you.
Primary Counties of practice: Blount, Knox, Loudon, Sevier and Monroe. This includes the cities of Knoxville, Farragut, Alcoa, Maryville, Rockford, Lenoir City, Loudon, Madisonville, Sweetwater, Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and all other communities wtihin those counties.
Additional Counties of practice: Julia will, and frequently does, travel to any additional counties in East or Middle Tennessee as needed for your case. She makes every effort to minimize those travel costs to you.