Nothing can change your life like having a child and growing your family. While adoption can be exciting, the adoption process can be intimidating, which is why hiring the right adoption lawyer is the best way to navigate the complexities of the adoption process.
Mississippi Adoption Attorney
Andrew Sorrentino is an experienced adoption lawyer, and will work for you as you prepare to grow your family. Whether you are looking to adopt through an agency or seeking private adoption, Andrew will work with you during the process so that you can focus on the excitement of your family’s new addition.
Understanding Mississippi’s Adoption Laws
What Steps are involved in Mississippi’s adoption process?
Mississippi’s adoption laws focus on the best interest of the child and protects the privacy of the child and the natural parents.
1) The adoptive parent(s) or their adoption lawyer must file a petition for adoption in the county’s chancery court where they live or where the child was born, abandoned, or currently lives, including a foster home or institution. Along with the petition must be included a doctor’s certificate stating the physical and mental health of the child, and a sworn statement listing all the child’s property. If the child has a mental or physical health problem, the adoptive parents must include an affidavit stating their awareness of the condition.
2) Written consent must be received from the biological parents, two adult relatives if the parents are deceased, the child’s guardian if the parents are unknown, any person having physical or legal custody of the child (other than a foster parent), the social worker who placed the child in foster care, and the child, if he or she is over 14 years old. The parties must wait at least three days after the child’s birth to sign consent forms.
3) With the proper filing and consent, adoptive parents may receive temporary custody of the child under an interlocutory decree for up to six months before the judge finalizes the adoption. However, the judge can enter the final adoption judgment right away in some cases. The judge may rule against the adoption during the interlocutory period, but the adoptive parents have the right to appeal.
4) Once final, the Bureau of Vital Statistics issues a new birth certificate with the child’s new name and adoptive parents’ names and secures the original birth certificate in a vault. All documents concerning the adoption are confidential and cannot be released without a court order or the consent of the biological parent.