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Family Adoption

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Welcome to the Law Office

 of Dennis M. Schuster

If you are reading this website chances are that you are considering Adoption. Adopting a baby or child can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. There are thousands of babies, children, and adolescents in the United States and around the world who need a family.

Children who need families range from newborns to teens. For whatever reason, they are unable to be raised by their biological parents, and they need and deserve loving, committed, and permanent families.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people around the world choose to pursue adoption for a variety of reasons. Some people have simply always wanted to adopt for as long as they can remember; some come to the choice of adoption because they are unable to carry a pregnancy to term; some have family connections that bring them an adoption opportunity (e.g., stepparent or relative adoption); and others may choose to add to their families through adoption for various other reasons.

Hiring an adoption attorney

Adoption is a wonderful option for expanding your family. Working with an adoption attorney will help ensure that your adoption proceeds smoothly. An experienced California adoption attorney will:

  • Provide an unbiased explanation of California adoption methods and resources, helping you to develop a legally secure plan that is specifically tailored to your needs;

  • Explain your rights and California adoption laws;

  • Assess the risks involved, including:

    • Determine what costs are legally permissible and;

    • Work to ensure that the birth parents’ rights are legally terminated before placement is finalized;

  • Review and negotiate adoption agency contracts to help ensure that your interests are served;

  • Clarify your options for post-placement arrangements, if any, with birth parent(s) and draft or review an agreement to help ensure that your best interests, as well as those of the child, are served.

What Sets Us Apart?

What sets us apart is the personal attention and professionalism with which we treat our clients. While each of our clients is unique, we approach them all with the same core values, beliefs and goals. Further, we want to establish a long term relationship with our clients advising them in any future legal needs they have that may impact their lives.