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IAG 016: What you need to know about adoption attorneys with Mark McDermott

 

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by Tim Elder in Archives, Domestic Adoption, Podcast

In this episode, you’ll learn what you need to know about adoption attorneys.

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When hopeful adoptive families start the process of domestic infant adoption, we can easily get overwhelmed as there are so many ways to adopt in the U.S. Working with an attorney may not be the first thing we think about when starting our journey. We may have no idea we even need an attorney.

The truth is every domestic infant adoption needs an attorney to legally complete an adoption. Laws about adoption vary from state to state – and they are extremely important to know for a successful adoption.

Case in point – when there are two states involved in an adoption, the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) is in effect. The ICPC applies whenever a child is brought from one state (sending state) to another state (receiving state). The ICPC process requires lots of documentation and involves adoption laws from the sending state and the receiving state. 

When my wife and I went through our first two newborn adoptions, we worked with adoption attorneys in our state and the state where our children were born. Making sure you are doing everything according to state law can be tricky and risky.

It isn’t something that should be left to just any attorney who may be “familiar” with adoption. You need an adoption attorney – someone who specializes in adoption – someone who practices adoption law everyday

In this episode of the Infant Adoption Guide Podcast we chat with Mark McDermott, an adoption attorney who practices in the Washington DC area.

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No matter where you are in your adoption journey, eventually you will need an adoption attorney. Mark will help you understand what adoption attorneys can do for you and where to find them.

What you will learn about in this episode:

  • What is the process for adopting a baby in the U.S. through an adoption attorney.
  • You’ll hear why all adoptions need qualified, specialized help from adoption attorneys.
  • The average cost for families adopting through attorneys.
  • The benefits and advantages by working with an adoption attorney.
  • Where you can find the best adoption attorneys.
  • AND MUCH MORE!

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QUESTION FOR YOU: What have you learned about adoption attorneys in your journey to adopt? Click here to leave a comment below.

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