"My wish is that children be treated as people, and not as property; that their rights as human beings on the planet, to food, shelter, education, and health, be taken seriously."
"He who can reach a child's heart can reach the world's heart."
"Somehow destiny comes into play. These children end up with you and you end up with them. It's something quite magical."
As quoted from the book "Adoption Is Another Word for Love"
Surratt Law Practice, PC is a Reno adoption law firm that provides adoption and related legal services to clients. There is truly an unprecedented need for homes for thousands of children across the nation as well as in Nevada. The desire to make a difference in a child's life is a wonderful thing. While the decision to adopt can lead to a very blessed time in one's life, it also can be very stressful without proper guidance. Leave it to us to make your adoption experience a happy, stress free, and joyful time for your family.
There are many different steps and legal processes necessary for making your specific adoption legal. With many years of professional experience at serving the families of Nevada, the lawyers at Surratt Law are well versed and well practiced at guiding you through the ins and outs of written consents, age requirements, and parental rights. Our skilled adoption attorneys are more than capable of handling a wide variety of cases that may include, but are not limited to:
- Open adoption
- Closed adoption
- Same sex couple adoption
- LGBT adoption
- Single parent adoption
- Dual parent adoption
- Contested adoption
- Adult adoption
- Grandparent rights
- Foster parent rights
- ICPC (Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children)
- Termination of parental rights
- Stepparent adoption
- Second Parent adoption
It is common for clients to seek advice from Surratt Law Practice regarding an open versus a closed adoption. In an open adoption, the birth parents are allowed to know who the adoptive parents are. The birth parents may be allowed to meet the adoptive parents and exchange certain limited information. In a closed adoption, however, the birth parents and adoptive parents may or may not know each other's identifying information, but the birth parents do not have contact with the child after the adoption is completed.
In other situations, such as adult adoptions, a child may have been raised his or her entire life by their stepparent and, after the age of 18, simply wish to make that relationship legal and officially represented. A skilled Reno adult adoption and/or stepparent adoption lawyer can assist you in drafting your adoption petition to the court and help you through the process. It is important to have an attorney that comprehends all parental rights variables to assist you to accomplish a legal adoption.
The precursor to an adoption is often a termination of parental rights. Termination can be accomplished through consent or a contested termination litigation action. Our termination of parental rights attorneys are experienced litigation attorneys who can handle any matter that goes to court. Our desire is to always avoid a contested action and we will take all steps necessary to assist you in avoiding litigation. If you are considering signing a consent it is not an easy decision for parents but you may realize that it is in your child's best interest. Whether you are considering signing a consent to terminate your parental right or you are considering terminating a person's parental rights, it is best to consult with a Nevada termination of parental rights attorney to assess your rights, interests and the process.
Nevada is an agency state - meaning that no private placement adoptions by attorneys are allowed. Nevada adoptions require an agency. With that said, Surratt Law is not an adoption agency. Surratt law does not match birth parents to adopting parents. We can however direct you to an agency that can properly assist you with such services.
Kim Surratt is a fellow of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys, a member of American Society of Reproductive Medicine, has attended multiple Advanced Adoption seminars and has many years of experience in matters encompassing surrogacy and adoption. Kim enjoys creating bonds with her clients and giving them the adoption experience that they are searching for. She will handle your adoption needs with a compassion and sincerity.
Surratt Law Practices is committed to representing any parties who are eligible and motivated to participate in the adoption process. Surratt Law Practice warmly invites you to contact a well qualified Nevada adoption attorney today at (775) 636-8200 for a consultation.