FAQ: Adoptive Parents

Frequently Asked Questions by Adoptive Parents Answered by Kunin Law Group

What types of adoptions do you do?
What is an Open Adoption?
How long before you find me a birth mother?
How much will this cost?
What makes your office right for me?

What types of adoptions do you do?

1. Independent adoptions: Where the birth mother personally chooses the adoptive parents, either through personal knowledge or with the assistance of others;

2. Agency adoptions: Where the birth mother or the adoptive parents work with a licensed child placing agency and the adoptive parents are known or identified by the birth mother;

3. Traditional adoptions: Where the birth mother relinquishes her parental rights to a licensed child placing agency and has no knowledge of the adoptive parents;

4. International adoptions: Where the adoptive parents have either adopted a child from a foreign country or had a child placed with them from a foreign country.

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What is an Open Adoption?

An Open Adoption is when birth parents and adoptive parents have had the opportunity to meet prior to the birth of the baby. They have the opportunity to discuss financial needs and contact wishes, both pre birth and post birth. Usually this process involves the assistance of the attorney and the case worker from the licensed child placing agency.

How long before you find me a birth mother?

There is no way to predict this because until we know your parameters, for example, is there a race restriction, or location restriction, or financial restriction, we cannot tell you how long. The average waiting time is from three months to eighteen months. Because Nevada does not permit attorneys to accept legal fees for the placement of children, and because advertising for children is not allowed in Nevada, many birth mothers are directed out of state. More than half of the babies that are placed with our clients are located by our clients whom we advise how to be proactive in the search process. Networking is critical and it speeds up the search process considerably.

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How much will this cost?

Nevada law allows for the payment of "reasonable" expenses by the adoptive parents. These include pregnancy related medical and hospital expenses not covered by insurance or Medicaid, any living expenses during the period a birth mother is unable to work due to the pregnancy, including a short period of time thereafter, all agency fees, and all legal fees.

What makes your office right for me?

Ishi Kunin has been involved with adoptions since her first job as a lawyer when she worked as a Deputy Attorney General for the Welfare Division terminating the parental rights of parents who abused and neglected their children. It is her passion. Nevada law limits her ability to do adoptions full time as lawyers in other states do. She is a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and the author of the Adoption and Termination of Parental Rights sections of the Nevada Family Law Practice Manual.

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Contact Kunin Law Group Today

Do you still have unanswered questions about the adoption process or becoming an adoptive parent?  Contact our office in Las Vegas to speak to an adoption lawyer at our law firm, call 702-438-8060, toll free at 702-438-8060, or contact us by email.