Ohio Adoption Attorney

Helping Families Grow

Adoption is a gift of LOVE. At Kroener Hale Law Firm the mission of our adoption services is to find loving, nurturing homes for children. Both birth mothers and prospective adoptive parents play critical roles in this process. A birth mother placing her child for adoption is making the ultimate sacrifice by offering a new life to her child. Prospective adoptive parents open their hearts and homes to such children – providing them with a loving, secure home they may not otherwise have.

If you are looking for an experienced private adoption attorney serving the greater Cincinnati region and surrounding areas, KHP law firm has the knowledge and resources to give you the best adoption experience possible. Our adoption services include the following:

  • Private Adoption
  • Stepparent Adoption
  • Inter-State Adoption
  • Foster Parent Adoption
  • International Adoption
  • Grandparent Adoption
  • Single Parent Adoption

Private Adoption

The decision to adopt a child is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. There are numerous reasons why individuals choose to have a private adoption. Prospective adoptive parents open their hearts and homes to children while providing them with the safety and security they may not otherwise have.

Typically, private adoptions are quicker than an agency adoption. With an agency adoption, that process takes place outside of the courtroom and the agency may not provide the birth mother with a lawyer. The legal custody of the child will go directly from the biological parent to the adopting parents. We respect, honor and understand the individual needs of each birth mother and adoptive parent. Let our office be there for you every step of the way.

Step Parent Adoption

A stepparent adoption can be painless and simple. After the adoption, any and all legal rights or duties the previous parent had regarding the child are then terminated. All stepparent adoptions take place in the court of common pleas in the county where the child resides, the individual seeking the adoption resides, or the natural parent resides. The child’s last name can also be changed in this process and a new birth certificate bearing the stepparent’s name would then be issued. Sometimes stepparent adoption can occur by agreement and other times it is a decision of the Probate Court.

Inter-State Adoption

An inter-state adoption is when you adopt a child from a state outside of your own. State laws can make adopting a child from a different state complicated. All inter-state adoptions require a firm understanding of state laws where both the child resides and the adopting parent resides. A child may not be moved from one state to another state without approval from both states.

Every state has an office dedicated to helping children and the adoptive parents deal with the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC), which is the agency that oversees inter-state adoption. Always consult with an attorney when considering inter-state adoption.

Foster Parent Adoption

There are numerous reasons why individuals choose to legally make a foster child their own. Foster parents open their hearts and homes to children – providing them with the safety and security they may not otherwise have. Alternative care laws can make it difficult to determine when a child can go from foster care to foster parent adoption. There are many factors at play before the Children’s Services Agency will agree to a foster care adoption.

Our office will take care of all paperwork required to file in court in order to adopt as well as assist you with the home study process.

International Adoption

International adoption process is usually very complicated. All international adoptions require a firm understanding of the country’s laws where both the child resides and the adopting parent resides. Typically, an agency has to be involved in addition to legal counsel of your own. A child may not be moved from one country to another without approval from both countries. Always consult with an attorney when considering international adoption.

Grandparent Adoptions

In Ohio, a grandparent can adopt their grandchildren, but specific steps must be taken before this can be made permanent while considering what is best for the child. A home-study is conducted, and then proper notice would be given. The child’s last name can also be changed in this process and a new birth certificate would then be issued with the adopting parent as the child’s natural parent following the adoption. In some cases, the state of Ohio does not require the consent of either birth parent to proceed with the grandparent adoption. Kroener Hale Law Firm can help you decide if this is best for your grandchild.

Single Parent Adoptions

As a single adoptive parent, it can be more difficult to adopt a child than a married couple would have. At KHP law firm, the goal of our adoption services is to find loving, nurturing homes for children and help you as quickly as possible. There are numerous reasons why an individual chooses to have a single parent adoption. Ohio allows single adoptions by gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people acting as an individual.

Contact an Experienced Adoption Law Firm

At Kroener Hale Law Firm, we have over ten years of experience in the adoption process, thus providing prospective adoptive parents and birth mothers with the guidance needed to make sure each finalized adoption is legally secure.

Our law firm serves clients throughout the greater Cincinnati area, specifically including Clermont County, Butler County, Brown County, Adams County, Warren County, and Highland County in all types of adoption matters. If you are in need of an experienced adoption attorney in the Cincinnati, Ohio area, call us today 513-248-1800.