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Foster Parent and Stepparent Adoptions

Foster Parent and Stepparent Adoptions

Adoption can be a complicated process, and the challenges facing adoptive foster parents and stepparents are especially difficult. At Grady, Hayes & Neary, our adoption attorneys each have over 20 years of experience helping families throughout southeastern Wisconsin. Our lawyers can help you understand what to expect and fight for your parental rights.

Birth parents are given specific rights when their child is born. Under certain circumstances, they either give up these rights willingly for the best interests of the child, or they forfeit them due to their own negligence or inappropriate behavior. If you are a foster parent or stepparent who wants to adopt the children you have helped raise, we can help.

Foster Parent Adoptions

Has Social Services decided to place your foster child elsewhere? Is your child scheduled to live with his or her birth parents or a relative? Once you have had custody of your foster children for six months, you are legally allowed to object to a change in placement. If you would like to retain the placement of your foster child and eventually adopt him or her into your family, we can help. Foster parents have won these cases.

Stepparent Adoptions

Are you a new stepparent who would like to adopt his or her stepchildren? Once you have been married for six months, you can file suit to obtain parental rights. In order to adopt your stepchildren, the non-spouse parent must give up his or her parental rights. If he or she refuses to give up those rights, even when there is no substantial relationship with the children, we may be able to help you obtain an involuntary termination of parental rights.

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An experienced attorney can protect the rights of your family if you are interested in adoption. At Grady, Hayes & Neary, we represent foster parents and stepparents who want to pursue adoption. We are experienced litigators, and we're not afraid to go to court to protect your family. Contact us today for more information.


Grady, Hayes & Neary, LLC
N14W23777 Stone Ridge Drive Suite 200
Waukesha, WI 53188
Phone Number:(262) 347-2001