Adoption in Michigan

One of the most rewarding things family law attorneys get the opportunity to do is to help families come together through adoption. There are many different types of adoption, but all of them create an official, legal parent-child relationship.

Sometimes the adoption simply formalizes a relationship that has existed for a while, such as between a stepparent and stepchild or foster parent and foster child. Other times the adoption is the start of a relationship, such as when intended parents formally adopt a newborn infant. Whatever the circumstances, attorney Sean Blume and Blume Law Group will help ensure that the legal components of the adoption are handled appropriately, completely, and with sensitivity to all involved.

Types of Adoption in Michigan

Depending on your situation, adoption may be relatively straightforward and streamlined, or time-consuming and complex. Types of adoption available to Michigan families include:

  • Stepparent adoption creates a legal parent-child relationship between a stepparent and their spouse’s child whom they are helping to raise. If the child’s other legal parent is living, they will need to consent to the adoption or have their parental rights terminated.
  • Adoption through the child welfare system can occur when a child has been removed from their biological parents’ care due to abuse or neglect and have been placed in foster care. If family reunification is not in the child’s best interests, the biological parents’ rights are terminated, making the child available for adoption.
  • Kinship adoption involves a child being formally adopted by a relative, often an aunt, uncle, or grandparent, because the child’s parents have died or are unable to care for the child.
  • Private placement adoption occurs when a birth mother chooses to place an infant with an adoptive parent or parents. Placement may take place with or without the help of an adoption agency. Hopeful parents may wait a long time to be selected, and the process can be very expensive.
  • International adoption has become significantly less common in the past few decades, and can involve significant expense and bureaucratic roadblocks, including immigration issues for the adopted child. It is often seen as an alternative to domestic private placement adoption.
  • Adult adoption is less common. It often occurs when the adoptive parent wants to establish a legal relationship with someone for purposes of inheritance and other legal rights. Both adoptive parent and adoptee must be over 18 and competent to consent to the adoption.

Because adoption creates new legal relationships and rights and severs others, it is essential to have experienced legal guidance to ensure that all necessary documents are properly completed and necessary procedures are followed for the protection of all parties.

Macomb County Adoption Attorney

Adoption is a lifetime commitment that can change the lives of adoptive parents and children for the better in ways they may have never imagined. At Blume Law Group, we are committed to helping our clients expand their families through whatever type of adoption is right for them.

Attorney Sean Blume has spent his entire legal career looking out for the best interests of Michigan children. Blume Law Group represents adoptive parents through the adoption process in Macomb, Oakland, Wayne, and St. Clair counties. We invite you to contact our office to schedule a consultation regarding your adoption needs. We look forward to working with you.