We offer two different programs for adoptive families. We offer a pre-certification program and a post-certification program.
At Simpson Law Firm, there is no flat fee for services. It is our belief that one fee does not fit all. We charge on an hourly basis and provide only the services that you desire.
PRE-CERTIFICATION PROGRAM SERVICES: Informational and resource conference: This is an extensive conference wherein we will sit down with you and provide you with information and resources in the following areas:
Types of adoptions and the process involved
Open vs. closed adoptions
Various birthparent situations
Expectations of birthparents, risks and how to avoid scams
Explanation of the laws, process and requirements for home studies
Differences in agency vs. attorney adoptions
Advice for determining whether to choose an attorney or agency
Resources on financial assistance
Explanation of law regarding educational requirements (foster care or international)
Other topics (ICWA, ICPC, post adoption agreements)
Assistance with building your profile: If you do not yet have a profile, we will have you fill out a questionnaire, evaluate and discuss your questionnaire, provide you with a sample profile, offer advice on how to build your profile, and provide edits of your profile. If you already have a profile, we will provide edits and make additional suggestions.
Budget Planning: We will sit down with you and review your budget and develop a plan that works for you.
POST-CERTIFICATION PROGRAM SERVICES: The following services are provided in our post-certification program:
Assistance with finding a birthmother Coordination with the attorney representing the birthmother throughout the course of the proceedings. Prepare required paperwork throughout the process Interstate compact processing Coordinate and preparation of documents for your home study agency for preparation of the adoption study and any necessary post placement reports Finalization process: Filing of Petition and motions necessary for your adoption hearing and finalization
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