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adoptive parents

I want to adopt.

So you've decided you're ready to adopt a new child into your life. That's great - but, where do you start? What do you need legally to protect yourself and the child?

Bobby Mills has over 30 years experience helping families grow through adoption and can help with your specific situation.

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birth parent

I'm a birth parent.

There are many reasons that you may need to have your child adopted by a loving family. But you have questions - how do you know your child will be cared for by a loving family? What costs and potential pitfalls are there?

Bobby can help you through the process, and put your mind at ease that your child will be cared for and loved in their new home.

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About Bobby Mills

Bobby Mills represents adoptive parents in agency and independent adoptions, in both in-state and interstate adoptions. He also represents birth parents in the adoption process.

Mr. Mills also helps with family formation through assisted reproductive technologies (ARTS) and surrogacy, including gestational surrogacy arrangements, donor agreements, and actions to establish parentage.

He has been practicing law in Raleigh, North Carolina since 1990 with a practice limited to Family Law and Adoption. He has been a Board Certified Specialist in Family Law since 1998, and a Fellow in the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys since 1995.

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Why Should You Choose An Adoption Attorney?

Adoption is a wonderful option for expanding your family, but the laws governing the process
are quite complex. Working with an attorney with significant experience in adoption law will help ensure that the adoption process goes smoothly.

An adoption attorney will:

Provide

We will provide an unbiased explanation of adoption proceduresand develop a legally secure plan tailored to your needs.

Explain

We will explain your rights and adoption laws in your state or refer you to attorneys who practice in other states or internationally.

Assess

We will assess the risks involved, including determining what payments are permissible and ensuring that birth parents are treated fairly and their rights are legally terminated before placement is finalized.

Review

We will review and negotiate the adoption agency contract to protect your interests.

Clarify

We will clarify your options, if any, for post-placement arrangements with birth parents, making sure your interests and those of the child are served.

You Should…

Contact

You should contact an attorney as early as possible in the decision-making process.

Know

Know what the attorney charges, how fees are structured and that you can afford the services.

Learn

Learn about the specific types of adoption services the attorney provides. Ask what percentage of the practice is dedicated to adoption and how many adoption proceedings the attorney has handled.

Ask

Ask questions, request references, share your concerns and provide the attorney with all relevant documents. Ask for a written retainer agreement that outlines what the attorney charges, how fees are structured and other details regarding fees and fee payment.

Choose

Choose an attorney who is experienced in the type of adoption you are considering.

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