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It's smart to talk to a lawyer before attempting to adopt a child


Many Californians choose adoption as a way of growing their families. However, the adoption process is more complicated than many people realize. Recently one California couple ran into an unexpected hurdle in their plan to adopt.

The couple had adopted a child through the agency Independent Adoption Center in the past and chose to use it again when they desired to pursue adoption a second time. The couple told reporters that they had put around $25,000 in fees into the adoption when they learned that Independent Adoption Center had suddenly filed for bankruptcy and closed its doors. The adoption was never carried out and the couple have so far been unable to get their money back. They told reporters that they still hope to adopt another child, but the financial hit they sustained in the bankruptcy will delay their plans.

Based in Contra Costa County, Independent Adoption Center was one of the biggest adoption agencies in the country. According to news reports, the agency said it was forced to close its doors due to pressures on international adoptions and a decline in domestic birth mothers.

This very unusual story highlights the more common reality that couples sometimes have when they pursue adoption: Adoptions can be derailed for many reasons. International adoptions are particularly tricky.

It is often beneficial to parties who wish to adopt to consult with family law attorneys about their adoption plans before they begin the process. A family law attorney with experience in adoption can help couples understand their legal options and risks, and help them find the most promising path toward growing their families through adoption.

Source: KRON4.com, "Video: Peninsula family says they spent $25,000 to adopt child, but agency went bankrupt; no child," J.R. Stone, Feb. 13, 2017

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