Child adoption is one of the most meaningful things a parent will do in his or her lifetime. Child adoption is also a legal process, one that can be complex and time-consuming. Your child adoption requires the attention of an experienced adoption attorney in order for it to be handled quickly and correctly.
Adoption – Legal Information
The Law Office of Dorene A. Kuffer offers legal information about adoption to clients throughout New Mexico, including:
- Open and closed adoptions
- Stepparent, grandparent and extended family member adoption
- Foster parent adoption
- Help for putative fathers seeking to establish or retain parental rights
When you work with adoption attorney Dorene Kuffer, our office will complete and file all the necessary paperwork and address any issues that arise. No matter how complex your matter, Dorene has the skills and talent to assist you.
Adoption Requirements in New Mexico
The statutes of New Mexico state that an individual may adopt any child. This broad category includes foster children, stepparent adoptions, and private adoptions.
The rules for individuals petitioning to adopt a kid are more specific. If you’re a resident of New Mexico who’s considering adoption, you need to be approved by a New Mexico court as a suitable adoptive parent. If you’re married, but your partner isn’t participating in the adoption, you can continue with the adoption if either:
- The court has excused your partner’s failure to join in the adoption due to reasonable circumstances
- You and your spouse are legally separated
- Your partner is a parent of the adopted individual (i.e., you’re completing stepparent adoption)
If you are not a New Mexico resident, you may still be qualified to adopt if the adoptee:
- Was placed through a licensed or state adoption agency
- Was born in New Mexico and is less than six months old
- Is a resident of New Mexico
Additional Adoption Requirements
Adoption may include several other steps. A few of them are:
- Counseling – The biological parent should receive counseling before giving relinquishment or consent. The adoptee must receive counseling if the adoptee is 10 years or older.
- Background Check – A prospective adoptive parent should give their fingerprints to the Children, Youth, and Families Department (CYFD) for a background check and criminal history records check. The prospective parent must file the results of the background and record checks with the court.
- Pre-Placement Study – The prospective parent must complete a pre-placement study, an evaluation process that assesses the ability of the parent to provide a stable home. This process is extensive and includes home visits, financial and employment verification of the prospective parents, and an interview with the adoptee (if age-appropriate).
- Post-Placement Report – The prospective parent must file this report if the adoption includes a pre-placement study. A post-placement report is exhaustive, as it contains detailed information, such as the suitability of the prospective parent’s home, the adoptee’s integration and adjustment into the family, costs related to the adoption, and observations between the potential parent/s and the adoptee.
Adoption Lawyer Albuquerque
If you’re unfamiliar with the process of adoption in New Mexico, an adoption lawyer is a great place to start the process. Your attorney is knowledgeable on state- and country-specific adoption laws. A lawyer can also get you ready for any hearings required in the process.
With over 30 years of experience, our legal team is dedicated to serving clients in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho with the personal attention they deserve and need in order to seek a positive outcome. We’re also familiar with child law and can help you understand how you can apply it in your adoption case.
Contact us to schedule an informative consultation that will answer all your questions.