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Types of Adoption

types of adoption

If you are interested in adopting a child and live in Binghamton, Corning, Elmira, Watkins Glen, or any other Southern Tier community, you may be overwhelmed by all the legal steps the adoption process requires. Even the number of adoption options you have can be daunting. An experienced Binghamton adoption attorney can help guide you through the complex adoption process and determine which type of adoption is best for you.

Call 607-722-1520 or email to schedule your FREE consultation with Binghamton Managing Partner Peter P. Charnetsky, Esq.

During his 10-year tenure as a Broome County Family Court Judge, Tully Rinckey PLLC Binghamton Managing Partner Peter P. Charnetsky, Esq. routinely heard adoption cases. He will pull from his experience on the bench and his 20 years of experience as a family law attorney to help you complete the complex adoption process. Find out how an experienced Binghamton adoption lawyer can help you by scheduling your initial consultation today. Call 607-722-1520 or e-mail

We want you to be excited about adopting a child. Tully Rinckey PLLC’s legal services for adoptive parents in the Southern Tier include the following:

  • Advisement of rights in relation to the adopted child;
  • Document preparation and court appearances;
  • Submission of birth parent surrender/termination documents;
  • Defense against birth parents’ attempts to rescind the surrender; and
  • Liaising with public and private adoption agencies.

Tully Rinckey PLLC in Binghamton can help you determine the type of adoption that is best for you. Below are some options you can discuss with an experienced Binghamton adoption attorney:

    • Agency Adoptions: Involve public agencies, usually run by the state, that place children who are wards of the state or who are in foster care. Also involves private agencies, usually run by charities that place children surrendered by biological parents with adoptive parents.
    • International Adoptions: Involve the adoption of children from other countries, such as Korea, China, Eastern Europe, South America, or India. Unlike domestic adoptions, parents looking to adopt a child in another country will encounter strict immigration requirements.
    • Open Adoptions; Involve adoptions where the adoptive and natural parents know each other and either directly or indirectly interact with one another. The adoptive parents may have sought out the natural parents or vice-versa. After the surrender, the natural parents may be able to receive periodic updates about the child.
    • Second Parent Adoptions: Popular among same-sex and unmarried couples, this type of adoption allows the parent in the relationship with no biological connection to the child to establish a legal bond with him or her. That way, the “second parent” has the same rights in relation to the child as the biological parent.
    • Stepparent Adoptions: When a birth mother marries someone who is not the child’s biological parent, the stepparent can establish a legal relationship with the child through adoption.
    • Grandparent Adoptions: If the natural parents are unable to raise the child, or believe their parents or stepparents can raise the child better than they can, the child’s grandparents can establish a legal relationship with the child by adopting him or her.

Tully Rinckey PLLC’s family and matrimonial law attorneys can represent parents, spouses, siblings, grandparents, domestic partners, and other parties in Bath, Binghamton, Elmira, Ithaca, Media, Norwich, Owego, Watkins Glen, and beyond. Call today to schedule an initial consultation with one of our family and matrimonial lawyers at 607-722-1520 or e-mail Click here to view a video about our consultation process.


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