Adoption paralegals perform the legally required procedural work for adoptions that would otherwise be performed by the attorney. Our adoption paralegals have completed formal education and paralegal training leading to certification. We have experience and knowledge in assisting with adoptions overseen by an adoption attorney or client direct.
Adoption paralegals may also be referred to as adoption specialists when they work for an adoption agency. Within an adoption agency, the adoption paralegal/specialist may be trained to conduct interviews with prospective parents beginning an adoption search. They can provide advice to parents in completing the "information pack" given to parents at the start of the process.
Questions you'll be asked before the adoption process begins include:
The process of adoption in California varies based on the type of adoption you're pursuing. Typically, the process is as follows:
A Paralegal can not give legal advice or go to court and advocate for you the same way an attorney will. The cost for a paralegal is usually less than an attorney.
You will have ongoing contact with the birth parent(s) throughout and after the adoption takes place.
Communication between you and the biological parent(s) is restricted. You can send and receive photos and letters; however, an agency or third party will be a liaison.
There is no contact with the birth parent(s) before, during, or after the birth of the child.