If you are planning on adopting a child, you should strongly consider hiring legal counsel. Adoption is a legally complex process which sometimes takes gut-wrenching twists and turns. An experienced attorney can anticipate problems and smooth out the bumps to bring that child into your life without undue delay or a cloud of uncertainty.
My name is Angela Hansen, a family law attorney serving Rockville and surrounding communities of Montgomery County. I have experience with the adoption process and related legal proceedings.
Montgomery County Stepparent Adoption Attorney
Adoption has special significance for me. I was adopted myself, nurtured by a wonderful stepfather who took me in as his own. My husband and I have also personally experienced the joys, rewards — and legalities — of being adoptive parents. We have also experienced the heartbreak of a failed adoption plan.
I welcome parents of all walks of life seeking assistance with all forms of adoption:
- Stepparent adoption — Formalizing the bonds between stepparents and children from a subsequent marriage, including termination of parental rights of the birth parents
- Private adoption or surrogacy — Adoption agreements with the birth mother, including permissible subsidized expenses, open vs. closed adoption, and other considerations
- Interfamily adoption — Adoption by grandparents, aunts/uncles, adult siblings or other family members when the birth parent has surrendered care or is unfit
- Second adoption — Formal adoption of a child by a gay or lesbian partner, or adoption under Maryland law after adopting a child from a foreign country
I am attuned to the details of adoption in general and special considerations in interracial adoption, LGBTQ adoption and single-parent adoption. I am also co-founder of the Building Black Adoptive Families program of Adoptions Together Inc., which focused on removing barriers to adoption within the African-American community.
Adoption is too important, with too many potential problems, to undertake without a lawyer to scout the way and double-check the paperwork. To arrange a free consultation with an experienced Rockville adoption attorney, call (301) 517-5729 for a free consultation, or contact me online.