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Adoption Attorney

Adoption Attorneys in Wichita, KS Serving Your Best Interests

When it comes to your family, you want the best. Further, you want to be sure you trust your adoption lawyer and their judgment. If you’re seeking guardianship of a child, you need an experienced adoption attorney like Jennifer Wagle and Stephen Turley.

What is the adoption process in Kansas?

The adoption process involves the transfer of parental rights and custody to another single adult or a husband and wife. The parental rights of the transferring parent are terminated either before or at the time of the adoption.

There are three main types of adoptions; voluntary, in need of care, and stepparent adoptions. Voluntary adoptions most often take the form of an “agency adoption.”

For instance, this is when a mother voluntarily relinquishes her parental rights to a third party. Our adoption lawyers do not handle agency adoptions. However, we do have ample experience in handling stepparent adoptions and a child in need of care adoptions.

Child in Need of Care Adoptions

A child in need of care is a person under 18 living without adequate parental care. Therefore, a parent’s parental rights can be terminated through child in need of care proceedings. Oftentimes, an adoption follows these proceedings. Courts generally prefer that a child be placed with a relative if the child’s parents’ rights have been terminated.

Our adoption attorneys are experienced in many litigation types and can help you with your case. Contact us to learn more.

Stepparent Adoption

The Kansas Legislature created a special procedure for stepparent adoption which often does not require the need for a child in need of care action. Further, a stepparent adoption can be accomplished if the other biological parent consents to the adoption, or if the other biological parent’s consent is found to be unnecessary pursuant to Kansas law, or if the other biological parent’s parental rights have previously been terminated. Generally, a biological parent’s consent is not necessary if he has failed to assume the duties of a parent for two or more years.

How Can Wagle & Turley Help in your Adoption Case?

Our adoption attorneys can provide advice and counsel for those interested in a stepparent adoption. In addition, we have experience in defending fathers who wish to guard against a stepparent adoption.

For more information, please contact the adoption lawyers of Wagle & Turley.