Adopting a child brings happiness to families, but a biological parent’s change of heart or an immigration setback can turn a joyous occasion into a stressful ordeal. At Ann M. Callaway, P.C., in Warrenton, I have over 28 years of experience navigating the complex legal procedures and frustrating red tape of the adoption process to help my clients throughout Virginia realize their dreams. You can rely on my commitment to guiding you through the legal process with skill and determination so you can focus on your new family member.
At Ann M. Callaway, P.C., I help clients with the following areas of adoption:
Stories abound about birth parents challenging an adoption after it is finalized. These well-publicized news accounts reflect a real fear for adoptive parents. The suffering associated with a badly-handled adoption affects everybody involved — the adoptive parents, the birth parents and the children who are caught in the middle. At Ann M. Callaway, P.C., I ensure that both the birth and adoptive parents’ rights are respected so that the end result is a final adoption that cannot be challenged. I substantiate that the birth parents consent to the adoption freely and voluntarily to avoid claims of fraud, duress and coercion that can be grounds for restoring a birth parent’s rights.
The biological father has the same rights as the biological mother in deciding whether to voluntarily terminate parental rights. Virginia laws seek to balance the father’s rights with the well-being of the child through a paternity registry. The process prevents the unsettling disruption of a child’s life caused by a father’s parental claims after the adoption’s finalization. A man who knows or believes he is the father of a child can apply to the putative father registry to receive notices of judicial proceedings related to the child, including those associated with the adoption process. At Ann M. Callaway, P.C., I take all necessary steps to confirm that the father provides consent or that no father is registered with the database.
An open adoption agreement permits the biological family to maintain a relationship with the child. The terms of the agreement are established by written contract and can include any level of involvement ranging from regular visits to yearly snapshots exchanged by mail. A closed adoption protects the identity of the biological parents and the child, but may include disclosure of essential information such as the child’s heritage and medical history. Whichever type of adoption you choose, I meticulously draft a contract that reflects the terms of your adoption.
International adoptions present unique challenges. Also called inter-country adoptions, the process involves a complex web of laws and policies, including those of Virginia, the United States, U.S. immigration, the child’s country of birth and the Hague Adoption Convention. I aggressively work to speed up the process and overcome any obstacles. My goal at Ann M. Callaway, P.C. is to help you bring your child home as soon as legally possible.
At Ann M. Callaway, P.C., in Warrenton, Virginia, I fight for the rights of my clients in Virginia to add to their families through adoption. Call 540-349-4100 or contact me online to schedule a consultation at my office.