Adoptions

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Focused on building families
Adopting a child brings happiness to families, but a biological parent’s change of heart or an immigration fiasco can turn a joyous occasion into a nightmare. Ellen Weinfurtner Attorney at Law handles the complex legal procedures and frustrating red tape of the adoption process so you can focus on your new family member. Ellen Weinfurtner has more than 35 years of experience successfully handling such issues as:


  • Termination of parental rights
  • Paternity registry
  • Open adoptions
  • Closed adoptions
  • Private adoptions
  • Family Adoptions
  • Grandparent Adoptions
  • Step-parent adoptions

Termination of parental rights
Stories abound about birth parents challenging an adoption after it is finalized. These well-publicized news accounts reflect a real fear for adoptive parents. The suffering associated with a badly-handled adoption affects everybody involved — the adoptive parents, the birth parents and the children who are caught in the middle. Ellen Weinfurtner Attorney at Law ensures that the rights of both the birth and adoptive parents are respected so that the end result is a final adoption that cannot be challenged. I substantiate that the birth parents consent to the adoption freely and voluntarily and so avoid claims of fraud, duress and coercion that can be grounds for restoring a birth parent’s rights.

Paternity registry
The biological father has the same rights as the biological mother to decide whether to voluntarily terminate parental rights. California laws seek to balance the father’s rights with the well-being of the child through a paternity registry. The process prevents the unsettling disruption of a child’s life caused by a father’s parental claims after the adoption’s finalization. A man who knows, or believes, he is the father of a child can apply to the putative father registry to receive notices of judicial proceedings related to the child, including those associated with the adoption process. Ellen Weinfurtner Attorney at Law takes all necessary steps to confirm that the father provides consent or that no father is registered with the database.

Types of adoption
An open adoption agreement permits the biological family to maintain a relationship with the child. The terms of the agreement are established by written contract and can include any level of involvement ranging from regular visits to yearly snapshots exchanged by mail. A closed adoption protects the identity of the biological parents and the child, but may include disclosure of essential information such as the child’s heritage and medical history. Whichever type of adoption you choose, I meticulously draft a contract that reflects the terms of your adoption.

Contact a Riverside, California adoption attorney helping you build your family.
Call Ellen Weinfurtner Attorney at Law at 951-684-2130 today to schedule a consultation, or contact me online.