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ADOPTION MATCHING PROGRAM

For well over 30 years, our law firm has actively coordinated an adoption matching program on
behalf of prospective adoptive parents.

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AGENCY ADOPTION

There are many well­respected adoption agencies in South Carolina that are available to make infant adoptive placements with adoptive parents. If adopting through one of these agencies, our law firm is available to consult with adoptive parents

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LGBT ADOPTION

We are committed to offering zealous legal representation to all adoptive parents who are home study approved and are committed to offering a loving home for a child, regardless of the parent’s sexual identity or orientation (see discussion of second­parent adoption).


SECOND-­PARENT ADOPTION

There are times when it is appropriate for a second parent to adopt a child. In a second­ parent adoption, unless the court order states otherwise, the parental rights of the non-­adopting parent are not affected. Even so, a second-parent adoption has significant legal

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CONTESTED ADOPTION

Most adoptions are uncontested, where birth parents voluntarily relinquish their rights to adoptive parents or do not contest the transfer of rights from a birth parent to an adoptive parent.Some adoptions are anticipated to be voluntary and uncontested and yet,

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APPELLATE LITIGATION

At times, the litigants in a contested adoption are not satisfied with the decision of the trial court and one side or the other appeals the case to the South Carolina Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court of South Carolina. Our firm has a proud record of advocacy, having been a counsel of record for 17 published appellate decisions.


SPECIAL NEEDS ADOPTIONS

Our law firm is experienced with handling a wide range of special needs adoptions. To a person unfamiliar with adoption law and practice, the term “special needs child” might conjure up the image of a severely disabled child with significant mental, emotional,

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INTERSTATE ADOPTIONS

Our law firm is available to represent adopting parents in interstate adoptions. An interstate adoption may be where the adopting parents are in South Carolina and the child is present in another state;an interstate adoption may also be where a child is present in South Carolina

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STEP-PARENT ADOPTIONS

The adoption statute allows a step-parent to adopt a child without changing the child’s legal relationship with the biological parent. Therefore, in a step-parent adoption, unless the court order states otherwise,parental rights of the non-­adopting spouse are not affected.

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FOSTER CARE ADOPTIONS (DSS)

Our law firm is privileged to represent many foster parents in their desire to advocate for a child’s best interest.In most circumstances, foster parents have the statutory right to bring an action for termination of parental rights against the birth parents.

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DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES (DSS)

Our law firm is available to represent adoptive parents in their adoption of a child from DSS,
once a child has been determined free for adoption by DSS.

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RELATIVE ADOPTIONS

The adoption statute allows a relative of a child, often grandparents, aunts, uncles or other relatives to adopt a child while dispensing with many of the formalities and requirements of other adoptions.For instance, no accounting of disbursements is required to be

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INTERNATIONAL ADOPTIONS

The term “international adoption” denotes both incoming cases (where the child’s country of
origin is different than the United States and is placed in the United States)and outgoing cases (where the child’s country of origin is the United States and the child is being placed in another

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