New York State Adoption Basics

Adoption creates legally binding familial ties between an adult and a child who are not related, in the pursuit of the child’s best interests. While existing ties between one or both biological parents are dissolved, a new bond with an unrelated parent is formed.

There are many ways to adopt a child. Domestic adoptions facilitated by an adoption agency, private adoptions, international adoption, adopting a stepchild, and adopting a foster child are a few ways that non-related parents can give a child a safe and loving home. In completing the adoption process, the new adoptive parent(s) is making a lifetime commitment to their child’s emotional and physical well-being.

Each state has its own adoption laws. To ensure the smoothest process and avoid any delays in adoption finalization, it is important to have a knowledgeable adoption attorney guide you through the process of adoption in New York State.

At Tully Rinckey, our attorneys will be with you through each step of the process, ensuring your adoption is legally sound in New York State. We will ensure your rights are protected and that biological parents are aware of the consequences of terminating parental rights. Consequently, we will also ensure that you, as the adoptive parent, fully understand your rights and responsibilities when creating your new family. Tully Rinckey can also assist with arrangements for counseling and other services both during the process and after the adoption has been finalized.

Why Choose Tully Rinckey to Help with Your Adoption?

Adoption is both an exciting and stressful time for any family. Our experienced family law attorneys will be there to ensure you understand the complex legal nuances of New York State adoptions while making the journey to starting your new family as simple as possible, no matter your circumstances.

Tully Rinckey has been practicing New York family law for over 20 years and has facilitated countless adoptions throughout the state. When you choose Tully Rinckey to guide you through the adoption process, you can trust that we have the experience and knowledge to help give you the support you need when creating your new family.

Our Westchester County attorneys have practiced throughout the region, including White Plains, Yonkers, New Rochelle, and Scarsdale, as well as Nyack, Suffern, New City, and more. With access to online consultations and bookings, Tully Rinckey can assist you at any time and bill at lower rates than competing firms.

Call Our White Plains Adoption Lawyers Today

At Tully Rinckey, we recognize that the adoption process can be emotional and complex. Our family law attorneys will not only help make sure your rights are protected but also ensure the best interests of the child are being followed.

Our White Plains adoption attorneys routinely assist families across Westchester County, Rockland County, and into the Lower Hudson Valley region.

To schedule an initial consultation with a member of our experienced team, contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 8885294543 or

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