Houston Closed Adoption Attorney
If you are interested in pursuing a closed adoption, contact the attorneys of Holmes, Diggs & Sadler for legal assistance. The adoption process is daunting. It requires meeting numerous legal requirements, submitting to interviews and home studies, and filling out mountains of paperwork. A single mistake can delay your adoption considerably, or prevent you from being able to adopt at all. The excitement and joyful anticipation of welcoming a child into your home can often be dampened by the difficulties of navigating the legal process. Don’t let the promise of a new chapter of your life be overshadowed by the adoption process. Hiring an experienced lawyer will enable you to concentrate on preparing your home for its newest arrival. To learn more about how a Houston closed adoption lawyer from Holmes, Diggs & Sadler can help make your adoption run as smoothly as possible, contact us today at (713) 802-1777.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
The process of adoption requires acute attention to detail. One inconsistency in paperwork could delay the process and pose serious complications. If you are pursuing a closed adoption, it is vital to hire a lawyer. Because there is no direct communication between the birth mother and the adoptive family, there is no opportunity for open discussion or for questions to be answered naturally in conversation. Therefore, it is essential to have an experienced lawyer who is adept at navigating the adoption process to ensure all of your bases are covered and all of your questions get answered.
Why Choose Holmes, Diggs & Sadler?
The professional legal staff at Holmes, Diggs & Sadler have over 90 years of combined experience with the adoption process, and plenty of legal advice to provide you. Our board-certified attorneys are skillful guides and critical players to have on your team. Cindy Diggs, one of our managing partners, has been named a Super Lawyer every year since 2010, a testament to her hard work and success on behalf of her clients. Our entire team works hard to reduce the stress of the adoption process. Furthermore, our team understands that each client is unique, so we pay close attention to the unique details of your case, never using a generic approach.
What Do I Need to Know About Closed Adoptions?
Closed adoptions are unique because of the total lack of communication between the birth mother and adoptive parents. All communication is mediated through a third party to ensure that both parties remain anonymous. After the adoption is completed, all anonymous communication ceases entirely. Records are quite literally “sealed shut” and cannot be reopened.
There are several benefits to closed adoptions:
- A New Chapter – The lack of direct communication between birth mother and the adoptive family often makes moving on a lot easier. Birth mothers often feel that the lack of communication enables them to move on with their lives after placing a child for adoption.
- Privacy – Closed adoptions provide privacy for both the birth mother and the adoptive family. Birth mothers may feel more protected after placing a child for closed adoption – they may feel less exposed to judgement. Adoptive families often appreciate the privacy of a closed adoption as well. Not having to navigate the frequency and form of communication with the birth mother simplifies the adoption process and can provide peace of mind for the adoptive family.
- Protection – If, for example, the family of the birth mother is unstable, or not conducive to contact with a child, closed adoptions can eliminate the possibility of exposing the adopted child to an unsafe environment.
- Likelihood of Adoption – Sometimes, open contact with the adoptive family makes a birth mother question her decision to place a child up for adoption. Closed adoptions often reduce the risk of hesitancy on the part of the birth mother.
There are also a few drawbacks to closed adoptions:
- Adopted Child/Birth Mother Relationship – The inability to contact their birth mother often creates questions for the adopted child, as the identity of their biological mother will always remain undiscovered.
- Medical Information – Once the adoption takes place, there is no further anonymous communication between the birth mother and the adoptive family. This means that if the birth mother develops or discovers a health issue that the adopted child is genetically predisposed to, she may not be able to communicate this to the adoptive family.
If you are unsure of whether a closed adoption is right for your family, contact Holmes, Diggs & Sadler to discuss alternative options.
The lawyers of Holmes, Diggs & Sadler are eager to aid you in your adoption. By paying careful attention to the details of your case, we make sure that the stress you feel during this period is at a minimum. We will help you stay organized, submit accurate paperwork, and most importantly, choose the method of adoption that is right for your family. Don’t delay the adoption process any longer. Contact us (713) 802-1777 to get started on the new chapter of your life today.