Georgia Lawyer Handling Stepparent and Relative Adoptions

Helping Stepparents and Relatives Adopt Children

A child's well-being is of concern to more than just the biological parents. Are you a stepparent who wishes to be deemed a legal parent to your stepchild? Are you a grandparent seeking to step in for an absent biological parent?

Attorney Sherriann H. Hicks, of The Hicks Law Group, has been helping stepparents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and other relatives with family adoptions since 1995. She understands the legal aspects of these cases, as well as the emotional ones, and handles these matters with compassion and understanding.

Stepparent Adoptions

Stepparent adoptions occur when a biological parent has remarried and the stepparent seeks to become a legal parent to the spouse's child. In this process, the stepparent takes over the legal rights of the biological parent.

Stepparent adoptions are common in Georgia. While they help make blended families whole, they are also done so that in the event the custodial parent becomes incapacitated or dies, the stepparent will have the legal right to raise the child. Without a stepparent adoption, the child would most likely be assigned to live with the biological parent who has not previously been a part of the child's life.

Relative Adoptions

If you are in the process of raising or caring for a child who is not your biological child and looking to obtain custody, become the child's legal guardians or to adopt, Sherriann can help.

With several years of experience working in Juvenile Court, Sherriann is very familiar with the Juvenile Court System. She understands deprivation law and the process by which one could become the legal guardian of a child they are rasising. She understands that grandparents or relatives who are raising a child need to make their situation permanent and need to have the right to enroll the child in school and get the child medical attention if needed. Sherrriann will advise you of your rights and help you come up with solutions. She will be devoted to getting you the best possible outcome.

Sherriann works with grandparents, aunts, uncles and other relatives to achieve those results. She will meet with you and explain the law in easily understood language. Sherriann will answer any questions you may have and will work with you to make your situation permanent.

Adult Adoptions

If you are an adult who has not been raised by your biological parents or who wants to be adopted by someone other than your biological parents Sherriann can help. It is never too late to do an adoption. Sherriann understands the law and can help you through this process.

Domestication of Foreign Decrees of Adoption

If you have chosen to adopt a child from a foreign country, you should have the foreign adoption decree domesticated once you return to the United States. Sherriann has handled hundreds of cases in which she has helped adoptive parents domesticate their foreign decrees of adoption or re-adopt children in the county of their residence.

Once you domesticate the foreign decree of adoption, you will have a Georgia decree of adoption and a birth certificate written in the English language from Georgia Vital Records. This will help when it is time to enroll the child in school and extracurricular activities, as well as when it comes time to obtain a driver's license. In addition, the domestication will ensure that the adoptive child will be entitled to survivor's benefits from Social Security in this country.

Sherriann has helped numerous families domesticate foreign decrees of adoption in the United States. She understands that often families have spent thousands of dollars travelling to other countries to adopt a child and do not want to spend thousands of dollars to domesticate the adoption. Because she understands the process, she is able to handle these cases quickly and efficiently. As a result, her fees are very reasonable.

Consult With a Lawyer

To learn more about stepparent or relative adoptions, speak with Georgia adoption attorney Sherriann. Contact her online or call 678-894-9097 or 888-578-2696.

Her office is located in downtown Lawrenceville, one block from the Gwinnett County Justice and Administration Center. Regular office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Payment by cash or check is preferred. However, arrangements to pay through PayPal can be made.