Adoption

Ohio Adoption Attorney

Changing the Lives of Children

Thomas Taneff always tells people, “Adoption is the gift of life.” At Thomas Taneff Co., LPA., the mission of our adoption services is to find loving, nurturing homes for children. Both birth mothers and prospective adoptive parents play critical roles in this process. A birth mother placing her child for adoption is making the ultimate sacrifice by offering a new life to her child. Prospective adoptive parents open their hearts and homes to such children – providing them with the safety and security they may not otherwise have.
If you are looking for an experienced private adoption attorney serving the Central Columbus, Ohio and surrounding areas, Thomas Taneff Co., LPA. has the knowledge and resources to give you the best adoption experience possible. The mission of our adoption services is to find loving, nurturing homes for children while meeting your needs. We offer legal adoption services including:

  • Private Adoption
  • Stepparent Adoption
  • Inter-State Adoption
  • Foster Parent Adoption
  • International Adoption
  • Grandparent Adoption
  • Single Parent Adoption

Private Adoption

The decision to adopt a child is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. There are numerous reasons why individuals choose to have a private adoption. Prospective adoptive parents open their hearts and homes to children while providing them with the safety and security they may not otherwise have. One of the key differences between a private adoption and public adoption is that the birth parents’ rights will be terminated in probate court.

Typically, private adoptions are quicker than an agency adoption. With an agency adoption, that process takes place outside of the courtroom and the agency may not provide the birth mother with a lawyer. The legal custody of the child will go directly from the biological parent to the adopting parents. We respect, honor and understand the individual needs of each birth mother and adoptive parent.

Step Parent Adoption

A stepparent adoption can be simple. After the adoption, any and all legal rights or duties the previous parent had regarding the child are then terminated. All stepparent adoptions take place in the court of common pleas in the county where the child resides, the individual seeking the adoption resides, or the natural parent resides. The child’s last name can also be changed in this process and a new birth certificate would then be issued with the adopting parent as the child’s natural parent following the adoption. We respect, honor and understand the individual needs of each birth mother and adoptive parent.

Inter-State Adoption

State laws can make adopting a child from a different state complicated. All inter-state adoptions require a firm understanding of state laws where both the child resides and the adopting parent resides. A child may not be moved from one state to another state without approval from both states.

Unless a child is being moved between their birth mother and the child’s birth grandmother, the state needs to be involved. Every state has an office dedicated to helping children and the adoptive parents deal with the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC). Always consult with an attorney when considering inter-state adoption.

Foster Parent Adoption

There are numerous reasons why individuals choose to legally make a foster child their own. Foster parents open their hearts and homes to children – providing them with the safety and security they may not otherwise have. Foster care laws can make it difficult to determine when a child can go from foster care to foster parent adoption.

One of the first steps in foster parent adoption is filing a petition in court. Our offices will help you complete the paperwork, file, and prepare for a home-study to make sure that living with you permanently is in the best interest of the child. If any issues are to arise in the process, we are here to help you and the child transition under your care.

International Adoption

Laws of different countries can make international adoption process complicated. All international adoptions require a firm understanding of the country’s laws where both the child resides and the adopting parent resides. A child may not be moved from one country to another without approval from both countries. Always consult with an attorney when considering international adoption.

Grandparent Adoptions

In Ohio, a grandparent can adopt their grandchildren, but specific steps must be taken before this can be made permanent while considering what is best for the child. A home-study is conducted and then proper notice would be given. The child’s last name can also be changed in this process and a new birth certificate would then be issued with the adopting parent as the child’s natural parent following the adoption. In certain cases, the state of Ohio does not require the consent of either birth parent to proceed with the grandparent adoption.

Single Parent Adoptions

As a single adoptive parent, you may have a little more of a challenge adopting a child than a married couple would have. At Thomas Taneff Co., LPA., the mission of our adoption services is to find loving, nurturing homes for children and help you become a single parent as easily as possible. There are numerous reasons why an individual chooses to have a single parent adoption. Ohio allows single adoptions by gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people acting as an individual.

Thomas Taneff has helped nearly 2000 adoption cases, helping countless single parents realize their dreams of adopting babies and being a parent.

Contact a Knowledgeable Adoption Attorney

At Thomas Taneff Co., LPA., we have nearly twenty years of experience in the adoption process, thus providing prospective adoptive parents and birth mothers with the guidance needed to make sure each finalized adoption is legally secure.

Our law firm serves clients throughout the state of Ohio, specifically the Columbus metro area, including Franklin County, Delaware County, Knox County, Licking County, Fairfield County, Pickaway County, Madison County, and Union County in probate and estate administration. In adoption law matters we serve the entire state of Ohio. If you are in need of an experienced adoption attorney in the Columbus, Ohio area, call us today (614) 241-2181.