Protecting The Minors And Adults In Your Life: Guardianships And Adoptions

When people think of adoptions, they often imagine young families welcoming an infant child into a new, loving home. However, in most cases, adoptions involve stepparents, grandparents, legal guardians or other close family members.

Attorneys Helping Families Through Adoptions And Legal Guardianships

At Spencer, Meyer, Koch & Cornick, PLC, we understand the sensitive nature of adoptions, guardianships and conservatorships. In many cases, a parent has passed away, become incapacitated due to an injury or disability, been incarcerated or otherwise been found unable or unfit to care for his or her child. If a parent is rendered unable to care for his or her child, grandparents or other family member may become legal guardians entrusted with overseeing the child's education, medical care, living arrangements and other day-to-day necessities.

Adults who have suffered severe injuries, ailments or disabilities may also require legal guardians and conservators (A guardian is assigned to oversee the health, safety and well-being of an individual. A conservator oversees financial matters. In many cases, the same person assumes both roles.). If an individual is no longer able to manage his or her finances, medical treatments or living arrangements, a family member or other party may be assigned to oversee these affairs.

In the case of stepparents, adopting a spouse's children can bring a sense of security and stability to the family — especially if a biological parent is no longer actively involved in the children's upbringing. Another common scenario involves grandparents who assume a primary role in raising their grandchildren. The court may initially grant a grandparent guardianship or an adoption if the biological parents are found unfit.

As your lawyers, we will help you consider the various issues associated with pursuing a guardianship or an adoption. Whether gathering consent or drawing attention to an unsafe environment for a minor or adult, our team will review your situation, offer advice and help you take appropriate action.

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