Adoption Services

Adopting a child is an amazing experience and a tremendous commitment of love and service. There are vital steps to take, checklists to complete, and documentation required. For all adoptions, it is ever so important to get everything done, done right, and done on time, because minor mistakes early on can lead to major problems down the road.

If you are considering adopting a child, you should absolutely talk with and seek the help of an experienced adoption attorney to help you through the process. The attorneys and staff at Felt Family Law in Ogden can help you through the process, so you can focus on the love and relationship while we take care of the paperwork.

Grandparent or Family Adoptions

If you are the grandparent or other extended family member of a child who needs extra care and support that the child’s parents are not able to provide, you may be eligible for a grandparent or family member adoption. The child’s parents must agree to and sign consent forms to terminate their parental rights, unless their rights have already been terminated. You will be required to pass background checks and to make commitments to care for the child as your very own.

Talk to one of our attorneys at Felt Family Law about options how to best support and care for the child. Even if adoption is not possible, there may be other options such as guardianship or maybe simple powers of attorney that can help.

Stepparent Adoptions

If you are a stepparent looking to adopt your stepchild, there are very important steps that you must take in order to qualify to adopt your stepchild. You must be married to the child’s parent and have been living with that parent and the child. Your spouse and the stepchild (if they are old enough) must consent to the adoption. The other parent must also consent to terminate their parental rights, unless their rights have already been terminated, or you must pursue court action to terminate their rights. You will also be required to pass background checks and make commitments to care for the child as your very own.

Parental rights are constitutional in Utah, and the burden for terminating the other parent’s rights can at time be difficult to meet. It is very important to speak with an attorney experienced in both adoptions and parents’ rights if you would like pursue stepparent adoptions. Our team at Felt Family Law can advise you on the parent rights and help guide you through the process for the stepparent adoption.

Contact us to speak with an attorney who can help you though the adoption process.