Portsmouth Adoption Lawyers
Helping Families Adopt Children in Norfolk, Suffolk, and Beyond
Adoption is one of the most selfless acts a family can perform. It is also one of the most rewarding. If you are looking to adopt a child, you already know that this process takes a lot of time and energy. That is why it is important to hire an experienced adoption attorney to help you along the way.
At Kozak & Davis, P.C., we have helped many families throughout Virginia and Washington, D.C. adopt children. Our family lawyers understand the adoption process, and we know how to help you make it happen.
How Does Adoption Work in Virginia?
Adopting a child is a long and complicated process. It involves a lot of paperwork and legal procedures. You will need to go through a home study process, which is a series of background checks and evaluations by a social worker. You will have to prove that you are financially, mentally, and physically able to care for a child. You will also have to prove that you can provide a safe, stable, and loving environment for a child.
If you are single, you must prove that you are unable to have children of your own. If you are married, you and your spouse must prove that you are both unable to conceive a child. You must also prove that you are mentally and physically healthy.
Once you have proven that you are a good candidate to adopt a child, the state will help you find a child to adopt. There are many children in Virginia who need a family. Some are older, some have special needs, and some are newborns. When you find a child you want to adopt, you will need to apply in the court of the county where the child lives.
The court will then review your application and the child's case file. If the court decides that you are a good candidate to adopt a child, it will grant you an adoption decree. This means that you are now the child's legal parent.
How Much Does It Cost to Adopt a Child?
The cost of adopting a child varies from case to case. Some adoptions can cost as little as $2,000, while others can cost over $50,000. The cost of your adoption will depend on many different factors, including:
- The age of the child
- The child's health
- The length of the process
- The number of other people who want to adopt the child
- If you are adopting a special needs child
If you are adopting a child with special needs, the process will take longer and cost more. You will need to be financially prepared to take care of a child for several years. This is because it takes longer to adopt a child with special needs. You will also need to prove that you can provide a safe, stable, and loving environment for a child with special needs.
If you are adopting a child from another country, the process will also take longer and cost more. You will need to be financially and emotionally prepared for the long-term process. You will also need to prove that you are mentally and physically healthy.
How Can an Attorney Help Me Through the Process?
Adopting a child is a very complicated process. There are many legal procedures that you will have to go through. We can help you through every step of the process. We will work with you to understand your adoption goals. Then, we will work with you to develop a plan to help you achieve those goals. We will help you navigate through the home study process, ensure that you get the appropriate certifications, and assist you in the court process.
Along the way, we will also help you make sure that you are staying within the legal boundaries. We will make sure that you are complying with all state and federal laws.
Contact Our Adoption Attorneys Today
If you are looking to adopt a child, it means that you are already a caring and selfless person. You already know that adopting a child is a lengthy and complicated process. That is why it is important to hire an experienced adoption attorney to help you along the way.
At Kozak & Davis, P.C., we have helped many families throughout Virginia and Washington, D.C. adopt children. We understand the adoption process, and we know how to help you make it happen.
” - Former ClientThis is a very caring law firm. After going through a 3 year custody battle it's been nice having someone on our side.