Skilled Guidance In The Adoption Process

Adopting a child is a tremendous responsibility that should never be taken lightly. In North Carolina, you must strictly adhere to the laws in order to accomplish a legal adoption.

At Plumides, Romano, Johnson & Cacheris, PC, we can guide you through the adoption process to help you grow your family. We have a deep understanding of adoption laws and procedures, and can help you get through the process correctly, minimizing delays and stress.

Call 704-323-7833 to arrange a meeting about your particular situation. We serve clients throughout the Charlotte area.

What Legal Steps Are Needed To Adopt?

There are two types of adoptions in North Carolina, private adoptions and agency adoptions. The statutory procedures for private adoption or agency adoption will differ.

The adoption process will permanently sever the relationship between the child and his or her biological parents and their families. An adoption begins by filing a Petition for Adoption. A party wishing to file a Petition for Adoption must also provide the following documents:

  1. A preplacement assessment
  2. The consent to adopt from the natural, biological parents
  3. An affidavit from the biological mother indicating the names, known addresses and marital status of the biological parents
  4. The certified copy of the background information on the adoptee-child's health, social, educational and genetic history, which is provided by his or her biological parent(s) or by the adoption agency placing the child up for adoption
  5. Any court order or pleading regarding the adoptee-child's custody or visitation
  6. An affidavit accounting for any payment made in connection with the adoption
  7. The document identifying any individual whose consent to the adoption is required and had not been obtained at the time your petition for adoption was filed

Once the petition is filed, notice must be served on any individual whose consent to the adoption is required by law and whose consent had not been obtained at the time the petition was filed. The court will then set a hearing date on your adoption petition within 90 days. If the adoption takes place by consent, and the court finds the adoptive parent fit and proper, there will be no need for a hearing.

Call Our Firm Today For Help

A mistake during the adoption process could cost you money and waste valuable time. When you work with Plumides, Romano, Johnson & Cacheris, PC, you will have four attorneys with decades of combined experience and knowledge on your side.

To learn more, we invite you to schedule a consultation at our office in Charlotte today. Call our office or send us an email.