Ryan Cleveland possesses years of experience in adoption law, and personally identifies with your decision to adopt. Ryan and his wife, Janell, adopted three children - one was a private placement through an acquaintance, and two were through an adoption agency.
Because of his own experience as an adoptive father, Ryan Cleveland can offer a unique perspective on adoption to his clients.
Adoption of Children: In Georgia, single individuals and couples may legally adopt children by following particular legal steps that result in a court issued adoption decree, which may include the termination of another parent's legal rights. Depending on the circumstances of the adoption, the legal steps may run relatively simple to very complex.
Stepparent Adoption: The adoption of a spouse or registered domestic partner's child is referred to as a "step-parent" adoption and is very common in Georgia. Often, in these cases, the rights of a third-party parent must be voluntarily terminated.
Foster Adoption: A special type of agency adoption is foster adoption. This is a form of adoption in which a child is placed into a home as a foster child, with the expectation that the child will become legally free and be adopted by the foster parents. Also, children may be adopted directly from the foster care system without the period of fostering.
Grandparent Adoption: Grandparents typically seek to adopt a grandchild in an emergency situation. Perhaps the child's parents have passed away. Perhaps the child's parents are incarcerated or in a rehabilitation facility. Ryan Cleveland makes a point of thoroughly reviewing each situation before moving forward. Ryan can also help you make a decision about whether guardianship or adoption is in your best interest.
Adult Adoption: Georgia allows individuals and couples to adopt other adults in a variety of circumstances. Often this is done to establish legal recognition of a parental relationship that was never previously legalized, as in cases where a person was raised by someone that was not his or her parent(s). Sometimes this is carried out for inheritance purposes.
Other Adoption Issues: Occasionally, individuals need legal counseling regarding adoption proceedings even when they are not the party petitioning for the adoption. For example, parents who are subject to having their rights terminated are often in need of legal representation or counseling.
Additionally, intended parents may benefit from legal counseling in advance of the birth of a child because some actions may be taken to simplify a later adoption and/or avoid potential pitfalls, such as completing voluntary declarations of parentage.
To learn more about the adoption process call the Cleveland Law Firm at (229) 243-0900 to schedule an appointment.