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When you envision parenthood, do you think about little footsteps running around your house? How about crayon drawings hanging on your refrigerator door?

Adoption has helped make the dreams of parenthood come true for countless families in the United States.

But, how do you start? The adoption process has many steps, which may seem a little daunting at first. The following is a step-by-step description on how the process works:

  1. After months or years with infertility issues, determine if adoption is for you.
  2. Make sure you decide on an adoption plan – do you want a relationship with the birth parents or do you want to find a child through an agency?
  3. Choose an adoption professional, such as an experienced family law attorney, to guide you through the process.
  4. Complete an adoption home study, which proves you are ready to adopt a child and provide a safe environment for him or her.
  5. Complete an adoptive parent profile, which describes who you are, why you want to be a parent, the plans for your child, and photos of you and your family.
  6. Find a match – through an agency’s matching service or through your own adoption advertising.
  7. Participate in pre-placement contact – helps the adoptive couple and the prospective birth parents get to know each other before the birth of the baby to ensure their match is a good fit for both parties.
  8. Wherever the birth mother lives, travel to her for the big arrival.
  9. ICPC – Interstate compact on the placement of children requirements – you will need to remain in the state where the child was born until all clearances are finalized; this can last from a few days to a few weeks.
  10. Complete post-placement services – ensures the family and child are adjusting well to one another.
  11. Final hearing – a judge’s final review of the adoption, ensuring everything is complete.

Whether you are considering placing a child for adoption, or building your family through adoption, it is important to have an experienced Family Law attorney guide you through the complicated and complex process.

The Family Law offices of Holstrom, Block & Parke provides assistance, legal advice and representation to adoptive parents in a professional caring and supportive manner. Just remember – adoption is the best gift any person can give to a child in need of a permanent family. Get in contact with our firm today!

Visit us today in one of our offices located in Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange Counties.

Adopting A Baby

What You Should Know About Adopting A Baby:

Adopting a child is a wonderful, life-changing experience.

Some couples want to help a homeless child find a nurturing home while others have the need to raise a child.

Did you know that there are approximately 650,000 children in out-of-home placement in the United States? About 20 percent are available for adoption – some with special needs. Unfortunately, many adopting parents are unaware of the existing or potential problems an adopted child brings with him or her to their new home.

Being unprepared to raise a special needs or high-risk child unnecessarily drains resources and adds a lot of stress on the family. While most adoptions go well, some do not.

Many children up for adoption have been traumatized by their birth families or foster care families. Too often adoptive parents are told, “All this child needs is love and everything will be fine.” This is not always true.

Every parent, biological or adopted, should know as much as possible about the attachment process – the life-long impact it has on children. It is one of the fundamental processes necessary for survival and care-giving. It’s a process that enhances the safety and security of an infant in getting his or her needs met.

To improve your chances for a successful adoption, you need to be as fully informed and prepared as possible. Read all you can on the subject and ask every question you have. This is a major decision not only for you but also the child you bring home.

Being a parent is one of the most enriching experiences in life. And, though the job is often all-consuming and demanding, it certainly can expand your capacity for love and fun in ways you never imaged.

If adoption is something you are thinking about, contact the family law offices of Holstrom, Block & Parke. While many other areas of family law see the attorney helping in the breakup of a family, adoption allows an attorney to create or expand families.

Our attorneys understand that children and family are what matters most in people’s lives. Contact us today – let us help you expand your family.

Foster Care & Adoption

There are many displaced children in America – children who go from home to home through the foster care system – looking for a little love and attention – a place that’s safe – and someone who cares.

Are you a foster parent who has a desire to grow your family through adoption? Foster care adoptions offer a number of joys and challenges as well.

Among the joys are is the satisfaction of helping a child who deserves a loving and permanent home, and the desire to do the right thing for a child in need. The potential to change a child’s life is priceless.

You must remember that there are challenges involved. Adoption is a permanent step and is more of a time and financial commitment than fostering was. You may end up dealing with emotional and psychological issues caused by the child’s previous environment and past.

Adopting a child is a tremendous, life-changing step for anyone to undertake.

If you are considering making your foster child a permanent family member in your home, contact an experienced family lawyer at the law offices of Holstrom, Block & Parke to make this step easier.

Our attorneys are dedicated to helping foster care families adoption the children who have been placed with them. We know how important it is that these children have security and stability in their lives.

Don’t wait to begin the process of extending your love to someone who needs it; let us work with you to make the relationship binding between you and your child. Call us at an office near you; we have offices in Riverside and Orange Counties.

About Dayn Holstrom

Dayn Holstrom is a hard working, compassionate problem solver who welcomes the opportunity to serve you in any way he can. His maximum availability to your questions and concerns begins with your free initial consultation. He is well-seasoned in all matters related to family law and a skilled negotiator and litigator.

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