What You Need to Know About Adoption in Mississippi
Thanks for paddling through all the divorce and other yucky stuff to land on the page devoted to adoption. While adoption is our favorite thing to do, the ugly stuff is how we are able to fund it. It also makes us uniquely qualified to handle adoptions with especially challenging legal components. While the social work associated with the unnatural choice or necessity of a biological parent having another person raising their child is always difficult, the legal work is often very form driven. However, when a complicated termination of parental rights is at issue, litigators hardened by the rigors of divorce and child custody are often more well equipped for a battle.
Any lawyer who has spent time in chancery court in Mississippi will tell you judges love to hear adoptions, it is one of the few happy things they get to do. However, they also recognize the right of a person to parent their biological child if they are capable and willing. Regardless the circumstances, there is just something magical and spiritual when everything comes together and a child is accepted by a family as one of their own facilitated by the loving choice of wise parents who know there is something better for their child if they let go. We are so passionate about adoption.
In its simplest respect, adoption is the legal process through which a new parent-child relationship is created. But as you already know, while it sounds easy enough, if you are contemplating or have accomplished any type of adoption journey, the regulatory, social and legal burdens can be monumentally demanding and expensive. In addition, parenting a child who may have been let down by the adults in his or her life or who has other special needs is, in and of itself, a challenge.
Congratulations if you are just starting out on your adoption journey. We think you are awesome! Unfortunately, you are probably not quite ready for us. R+E does not directly work with birth mothers who may be interested in making an adoption plan for their infant and we do not facilitate international adoptions. There are many great agencies in Mississippi who help with domestic and international adoption or who can help you if you are interested in becoming a foster care parent. We usually get involved on the backside of the social work to finalize the process and legally solidify the new parent-child relationship when a parent does not go into the process with the child already identified. We also work in unique and complicated situations that require a diverse adoption and family law skill set.