Building Families Through Adoption for Over 30 Years

Month: January 2018

Doe v. Doe

In the important 2011 case of Copeland v. Todd, the Supreme Court of Virginia upheld the constitutionality of Section 63.2-1205 of the Code of Virginia, which sets out the standards which a court must consider in making the determination that the consents of birth...

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The Home Study Requirements

In Copeland v. Todd, the Supreme Court of Virginia pointed out that the standards of proof in contested adoption cases must be read along with eight other factors which the Department of Social Services, or private agency, must investigate and report upon...

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The Constitutional Rights of Birth Parents

The Constitutional Rights of Birth Parents are extremely important.  Parental Rights are recognized as fundamental rights under the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment to the United State Constitution.  Whenever a Court must consider whether the best...

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Attachment and Bonding, Part 4

Some people ask why adoption is necessary.  Why, they ask, cannot there be some continuing visitation with birthparents?  The answer is that there can be in some situations and not in others, and that the decision should be made by the adoptive parents, who...

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Attachment and Bonding, Part 3

If the child has not developed a healthy attachment during the critical first five years of life, then it has been conclusively shown that the child will suffer from irreversible developmental consequences, such as reduced intelligence and increased aggression. ...

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