Summerville · Moncks Corner · Goose Creek · Charleston
When You Need Help with a SC Adoption…
Adoption can be a beautiful, heartwarming, and joyful experience. It can also be a bit intimidating and scary – you want to make sure that the process goes as smoothly as possible and that there won’t be any surprises down the road.
The adoption attorneys at Templeton, Mims, and Ward understand the concerns that come with adopting a child, and we work hard to make the experience as worry-free and pleasant as possible.
To be honest, family law in general is a challenge because many of our clients come to us for help with divorces, custody battles, and emotional fights over alimony, child support, or marital property. Adoptions, however, are one of the highlights of a family law attorney’s career.
Why do we love handling adoptions for our clients?
It’s the one time when everyone – the children, the new parents, the judge, the attorneys, and even the courtroom personnel – is going to walk out of the courtroom with a good feeling and a smile. The world, and a child’s life, are just a little bit better than they were, and we were a part of making that happen.
The Child Adoption Attorneys
at Templeton Mims & Ward can help.
The Summerville adoption lawyers at Templeton, Mims, and Ward have the experience you need to help you navigate the confusing and sometimes complex adoption process in SC.
Whether you are adopting a step-child, adopting a grandchild, adopting a foster care child, or adopting a child through an adoption agency in SC, we will be there with you every step of the way, answering your questions and giving you the peace of mind of knowing that your adoption will be handled competently and professionally.
People Turn To Us When
Clients turn to us when they want determined representation by attorneys with the highest ethical standards and who know the family courts, procedures, and adoption laws in SC. Cases we handle include:
- Step-parent adoptions
- Grandparent adoptions
- Relative adoptions
- Foster care adoptions
- Adoption agencies
- Direct-placement adoptions
If you have questions about how the child custody laws in SC will apply to your case or need assistance with custody, visitation, child support, adoption, or divorce proceedings, give us a call at 843-285-5090 to schedule a consultation and find out how we can help.
Here’s What We’ll Do:
Frequently Asked Questions
Is a home study required for an adoption in SC?
Do I need a lawyer to adopt a child?
- Proper notice to and service on all interested parties,
- Consent from the biological parents or proceedings to terminate their parental rights,
- Birth parents who change their minds,
- Whether you should participate in an open or closed adoption,
- SC’s policy of reunification with the biological parents when a child is in foster care, and
- Whether a home study is required for your type of adoption proceedings.
Can I adopt a child if I’m not married or if I’m married to someone of the same sex?
Same-sex couples can also adopt a child. LGBTQ rights have come a long way in recent decades, although the struggle is ongoing and some religious-based adoption agencies may still refuse to serve gay couples.
The attorneys at Templeton, Mims, and Ward will help you to adopt your child without regard to your sexual preference, and we can help you to find an LGBTQ friendly adoption agency when needed.
As a grandparent, how do I adopt my child’s children?
Although a home study may not be required for a relative adoption in SC, the biological parents’ parental rights must be terminated, which can be done by consent or through termination of parental rights proceedings in the family court.
What is the difference between open and closed adoptions?
In a closed adoption, the adoptive parents are not told the identities of the birth parents – the child may never know who their birth parents were, and the adoption proceedings are sealed by the court. Closed adoptions are less common than they once were, although international adoptions are often closed.
Open adoptions are more common, especially in domestic adoptions. In an open adoption, the adoptive parents (and the child) know the identity of the birth parents, and the birth parents may or may not remain involved in the child’s life to varying degrees.
The extent of “openness” of the adoption depends on what the adoptive parents and the birth parents want – an adoption could be 100% closed, 100% open, or somewhere inbetween. For example, although an adoption is closed, the adoptive parents may have access to health records or other information about the birth parents.
What Type of Adoption Cases Do You Handle?
There are many different types of adoptions that are available in SC, including:
Step-parent adoptions: Step-parents will often adopt their stepchild or stepchildren after marriage when the biological parent is not in the child’s life or is unfit as a parent.
Grandparent adoptions: When a parent is unfit, deceased, or unavailable, the grandparents will often take custody of the child, or the family court will place the child with the grandparents or another relative. Often, grandparents will choose to adopt a grandchild when the custody arrangement is permanent and the grandparents want more stability for the child.
Relative adoptions: Other relatives like an aunt or uncle may also decide to adopt a child when they have custody. Relative adoptions allow the child to inherit from the adopted parent and provide added stability for the child.
Foster care adoptions: Foster parents will sometimes decide to adopt a foster child. Foster care adoptions can sometimes be a frustrating process, and the biological parents may challenge the adoption, but a foster care adoption is often a happy ending for a child who desperately needs a loving and stable family.
Adoption agencies: There are several different types of adoption agencies in SC that can help connect prospective parents with a child who needs a home, including private adoption agencies and international adoption agencies.
Direct-placement adoptions: In many cases, a birth mother and adoptive parents will find each other without the help of adoption agencies or government agencies. Direct-placement adoptions can be finalized with the help of SC adoption lawyers, although the birth mother and adoptive parents may need separate attorneys due to the potential for ethical conflicts.