The attorney for the adoptive parents will assist the parties in obtaining prenatal care, if that has not already been done. He will contact the hospital staff to make sure that everyone understands that this will be an adoptive placement and that the hospital's policies are complied with.
The attorney with the greatest responsibility is the attorney retained by the adoptive parents. He or she will be the person who moves the case forward from start to finish. This role is not merely a legal role, because much of what the attorney does is management of the entire process. Often, he will assist couples from the very beginning of their search process. He will asst them in preparing their profile, in distributing those profiles, in posting an internet profile, and in deciding which type of adoption to pursue.