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Adult & Child Adoption in Oklahoma

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Adoption can be an exciting yet complicated time in any family’s life. If you are considering an adoption, be sure to get trusted legal help from Campbell Law Office, PLLC. With more than 14+ years of legal experience, including experience in tribal courts, our firm is equipped to handle whatever you face. We are passionate about providing our clients with the knowledge and resources they need to maximize their chances at a positive outcome.

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The Process for Adopting a Child in Oklahomafamily with adopted children

Once you choose an adoption lawyer, there are several steps to the legal process. Depending on your circumstances and situation, the process varies greatly in the amount of time it may take.

A general outline of the adoption process includes:

  • Applying to be an adoptive parent
  • Paying any immediate adoption fees
  • Completing a home study
  • Finding a child or birth mother
  • Going through the mandatory waiting period

We can walk you through each step of the process and ensure that all paperwork is filled out correctly and on time.

Can I Adopt an Adult in Oklahoma?

The reasons for adopting an adult are many, but one of the most common reasons occurs when a step-parent wishes to legally adopt their spouse’s child from a previous relationship. These adoptions are usually simple and straightforward.

After adoption, the adoptee will be impacted in the following ways:

  • They will receive a new birth certificate with the name of the new parent
  • They may change their name if desired
  • They may retain the inheritance rights of their biological parent and gain inheritance rights of the adoptive parent

Adopting a Native American Child

If you wish to adopt a child of Native American descent, you must be aware that the federal Indian Child Welfare Act and the Oklahoma Indian Child Welfare Act will apply to your case. This means that even if the child only has a tiny fraction of Native American blood heritage, he or she is subject to the tribe’s rights to take the case to tribal court. Attorney Alyssa Campbell has spent years handling tribal law cases and is licensed in 15 tribal courts throughout Oklahoma. You can trust her experience to guide your decisions in this process.

Oklahoma Adoption FAQs

What are the different types of adoption?

There are three types of adoption in Oklahoma:

  • Related adoption – This is when at least one parent is related to the child either by blood or marriage. This would include stepparent adoption.
  • Unrelated adoption – This is when neither parent is related to the child. Parents most often use a lawyer or adoption agency for this kind of adoption.
  • Adult adoption – This is when the person being adopted is an adult.

Can I adopt my stepchild without consent from the other birth parent?

It is possible to adopt a stepchild without the other birth parent’s consent, but there are conditions that must be met first. These could include:

  • Adopting couple married for at least one year
  • Whether or not the birth parent has been providing child support within the last year
  • Whether or not the court determines that the birth parent is unfit or has abandoned the child

What is the difference between an open adoption and a closed adoption?

An open adoption is when the birth parent(s) and adopting family know identifying information about the other. The degree of openness can vary. A closed adoption is when information is not shared at all between the birth parent(s) and adopting family.

How old does the adoptive parent need to be?

The adoptive parent must be at least 21 years old to adopt in Oklahoma.

Do I have to be married to adopt?

You do not have to be married to adopt in Oklahoma. You do have to be able to provide sufficiently for the adopted child.

Does the child have a say in the adoption process?

Once the child is 12 years old, then the adopting parents will need his or her consent for the adoption to proceed.

Contact Campbell Law Office, PLLC for dedicated and personal legal service.

Why Hire Campbell Law Office PLLC?

  1. We offer payment plans regardless of your legal matter.
  2. Our Attorney is certified in Tribal & Native American Law.
  3. We offer over the phone & in person consultations.
  4. We treat our clients with respect & compassion.
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