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.
After the birth, the attorney will prepare all necessary legal documents and obtain the court date for the Consent Hearing. When possible, he will select the attorneys to represent the birth mother and to serve as guardian ad litem for the child. He will communicate with the agency preparing the Home Study Report and carefully review that report in order to make sure that it comlies with all legal requirements.
There are many very specific requirements which must be carefully complied with. If even one is missed, it can cause serious problems with the adoption. This is why it is so important that adoptive parents select a qualified and experienced adoption attorney. The best way to do this is to retain a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. This is the premier organization of adoption attorneys in the United States. A directory of the members of the Academy may be obtained by going to the organization’s web site at www.adoptionattorneys.org