Adoption can help families formalize their relationships with each other. Stepparents, grandparents, and other family members often step up and raise children in their family when the birth parents cannot or will not parent.
If you are raising a child who is not yours, you may be able to adopt that child or obtain a guardianship. Our family law attorneys can help. At Litowich Law, we take time to listen to you and explore your options. Because you deserve better, call 503-419-6422 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with a family law attorney.
There are many situations when adoption or guardianship makes sense. Some examples: when a birth parent has passed away, is incarcerated for a long period of time, or has abandoned or is neglecting the child.
Adoption terminates the biological parent's rights and the adoptive parent or parents replace them on the birth certificate. This gives the adoptive parent or parents the same rights and obligations relative to the child as the birth parents had before the adoption. Adoption is permanent in most circumstances.
Guardianship is a less permanent option. A person might want a guardianship if they want to be able to make medical and educational decisions for a child while the birth parent is temporarily unable to make those decisions. Obtaining a guardianship will not terminate the birth parent's rights and guardianship can be terminated or relinquished.
If you are caring for a child who was not born to you and have concerns about your right to make decisions for that child or are concerned about protecting the child, we'll listen and help you get the results you want. Based in Salem, our family law attorneys practice throughout Oregon. Call us at 503-419-6422 or contact us online to schedule an appointment to discuss your situation.