Adoption is a specialized area of law that requires help from an experienced attorney who can help you through the process. When it comes to deciding the future of a child and where that child will reside, the Commonwealth of Virginia takes these matters very seriously. At Randall Page, P.C., our team has a thorough understanding of how to handle these cases. We have the resources and legal expertise necessary to help this process go smoothly for you and your family from start to finish. If you need a Virginia family law attorney and live in the areas of Courtland, Suffolk, Emporia, or Lawrenceville, let our team get to work helping you today.
Put simply, adoption in the Commonwealth of Virginia is the process where children who have been legally and permanently separated from their birth parents get placed with new parents. When a legal adoption occurs, the adoptive parents will receive the same rights and obligations as biological parents. The rights and obligations of the biological parents will be terminated when the adoption is complete.
In Virginia, the law only allows for two types of adoption placements:
Agency placement adoptions in Virginia occur when a child is in the custody of a social services department or a private agency licensed to conducted options. In these situations, all parental rights of the biological parents are terminated, and custody is granted to the agency so they can facilitate the adoption. In these cases, the agencies are the entity that consents to the adoption.
Non-agency placements occur when a child is not in the custody of an agency. In these cases, the birth parents or legal guardians will be the ones who consent to the adoption, and their parental rights will be terminated once the final adoption order is issued. There are three types of non-agency adoptions in Virginia:
Each of these types of adoptions has specific guidelines that need to be followed. Because of the complexity of both agency placement adoptions and non-agency adoptions, we strongly recommend that you seek assistance from a skilled Virginia adoption attorney to help you through this process.
If you or somebody you care about needs the assistance of a skilled and qualified Virginia adoption lawyer, you can count on the team at Randall Page, P.C. to be by your side. We understand the challenges posed by the adoption process, and our goal is to help make any transition as seamless as possible. Cases involving adoption can be emotional and stressful, so let our adoption attorneys get to work on your behalf today. Our team handles adoption cases in the Courtland, Suffolk, Emporia, and Lawrenceville areas, and you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or by calling 757-517-8956.