At Purl, we work very closely with adoption attorneys and adoption agencies as we guide our families through the domestic infant adoption process. Before a family actively begins their adoption process, we work with our Purl Families to determine the best professionals for a multi-professional (attorneys and agencies) approach to their adoption journey. Our recommendations always include at least one adoption attorney that is a fellow in the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys (“AAAA”). As a lawyer myself, licensed in both Arizona and California, I believe strongly in legal representation at least by the point of a match with an expectant family, and separate representation for adoptive families and expectant families. This was something I saw lacking in my own adoption experience and was part of why I formed Purl in the first place, to help families have better adoption experiences. That is why it is vital I connect my families with competent, experience counsel at the beginning of their adoption journey.
One of the adoption attorneys we work closely with is Ted R. Youmans, founder of Familybuilding, a professional law corporation with offices in California and Idaho. Ted has practiced law for over 33 years exclusively in adoption, focusing on private, agency, newborn, toddler, special needs, interstate, stepparent, adult, disrupted and foster care adoption, as well as the related litigation to those adoptions. Ted is a member of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys the California Academy of Adoption Attorneys, academies dedicated to the promotion and development of highly competent, ethical practices in adoption and children’s law.
Today, Ted shares his thoughts as to Why You Need an Attorney to Represent You in Your Adoption.