Understanding Mississippi Adoption Matters
Having children is rarely an easy endeavor. If you are adopting a child, you may be facing challenges that other parents have not encountered. You may be worried about working with the biological parents or the social worker. Even if your house is in good condition, you may be nervous about the home evaluation. This is in addition to the concerns most parents have about their relationship with the child.
With all this at stake, it is important to work with an experienced adoption lawyer to guide you through the legal process. At the law office of Suzanne Baker-Steele, Attorney At Law, P.L.L.C., we have over 30 years of experience working with clients throughout Biloxi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast in private and interstate adoption matters. Contact us online or call 228-206-2055 to schedule your appointment with a lawyer who will help you navigate the system.
Nonrelative Private Adoptions
The law regarding nonrelative private adoptions in Mississippi requires the completion of a home study of your household. This costly requirement is used to evaluate the household to ensure it is acceptable for the placement of a child.
Home studies are not required if the adoption takes place with a relative within a certain degree of kinship, including stepparents, grandparents or siblings.
Because adoption laws vary from state to state, and federal law impacts numerous adoption policies, it is important to work with an experienced lawyer throughout the process. Each state has an interstate adoption agency, and we work closely with our clients to help ensure they follow the regulations of both states, as rapidly and expeditiously as possible to help you and the baby get home.
Termination Of Parental Rights
We also represent birth parents in conjunction with an adoption. We have also represented grandparents and other adopting parents while they are having the birth parents’ rights terminated. If the adoption takes place in the context of a divorce, we can represent you throughout the proceedings.
Learn more about the representation we offer parents during adoption proceedings. Schedule your initial consultation by contacting us online or by calling 228-206-2055.