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Our Polk County adoption attorneys are proficient in adoption cases. Learn how to win your adoption case and secure your family's future by working with our team today!
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We believe your attorney should not speak in legalese

Finding an attorney who is a “real person” can be difficult. Many attorneys surround themselves almost exclusively with other attorneys and are accustomed to speaking in ivory tower legalese.  You should be able to connect with your attorney on a personal level, and he or she should speak to you in plain language that you can understand.  You will be working very closely with this person on issues that are very important to you. It is important that he or she be down-to-earth and someone that you connect with.

We believe your attorney should be accessible

The most common complaint that clients have of their attorneys is that the attorney is unreachable, does not communicate with them regularly, or does not promptly return your calls.  Your attorney should reach out to you about your case regularly and respond within 24 hours to calls and e-mails.  An open line of communication between you and your attorney is essential to building trust.

We believe your attorney should be realistic with you about costs and outcomes

Your attorney’s goal should not be to win at all costs.  Rather, it should be to achieve a favorable outcome for you as efficiently as possible.  It is important that your attorney set realistic expectations at the outset as to the costs you should expect, the concerns that the attorney has about the outcome of your case, and the length of time that you should expect your case to take.

Regardless of the nature of your case, we have an experienced attorney who will focus on your individual needs. Our team of attorneys works closely together, bringing each of their different fields of experience to bear in order to optimize our client care.

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More information about our Polk County Adoption Attorneys

Polk County adoptions can be a frustrating and difficult process, but our Polk  County adoption attorneys are determined to advocate for you. Our highly skilled attorneys will aggressively fight to cut through the red tape of Polk  County adoption laws and bring your family together. We're here to ensure your Polk adoption matter is handled efficiently and comes to a quick, successful conclusion. . The adoption process can sometimes be a frustrating and difficult process but our team is here to help. We will ensure an efficient process that helps you cut through the red tape of the adoption process.

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I am personally committed to ensuring that each one of our clients receives the highest level of client service from our team.  Our mission is to provide excellent legal work in a cost-effective manner while maintaining open lines of communication between our clients and their attorneys.  Many of our clients are going through difficult times in their lives when they reach out to us.  They should feel comfortable leaning on the experience and knowledge of our attorneys as their counselors and advocates.  We are here to help!

- Attorney Kevin O'Flaherty, Owner

Further Reading from our Polk County Adoption Attorneys

Iowa Adoption FAQ

In this video, our Polk County adoption attorneys explain how adoption is a process in which an adult becomes the legal parent of a child (or a younger adult in some circumstances) who is not biologically their own. If adopting a minor, the adult is legally responsible to support and care for the child. There are three different types of adoption in Iowa:

  • A private domestic adoption takes place through a private agency within the United States. In most cases, the adopted child is an infant.
  • A foster care adoption takes place through the foster care system in the United States. Children in the foster care system are often older compared to children adopted through private agencies. A child 14 or older must consent to being adopted in Iowa.
  • An international adoption takes place when a family adopts a child from a country other than the United States.

Nearly any person 18 or older in Iowa can adopt a child. An unmarried individual can adopt independently. Married couples must adopt jointly. Before the adoption process can begin, the hopeful adoptive family must pass an in-home study to make sure that an adopted child will be placed in a safe and supportive environment. Every adoption is unique. It’s impossible to guarantee a time frame as a variety of factors influence the pace at which an adoption is processed. But on average, it takes between six and nine months for an adoption to be finalized. A foster care adoption rarely costs more than $2,500. In some cases, adopting through the foster care system is free of any fees or processing charges. When it comes to calculating the costs of private or international adoptions, the costs can quickly add up. Between agency fees, social work services, immigration processing, and court costs, it’s not impossible for the cost of an adoption to soar past $30,000.

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What Happens When an Adoption is Contested?

In this video, our Polk County adoption attorneys explain how a contested adoption is when another party—most often the biological father or another biological family member—seeks to claim parental rights of the child, disputing the placement of the child with the adoptive parents. A contested adoption is different from a disruptive adoption. A disruptive adoption is when the biological parents change their minds about placing the child with the adoptive parents before ever signing off on any official consent papers. Most often, the contested adoption occurs after the child has been placed with the adoptive parents. The biological father, or another individual, comes forward contesting the adoption before it is completed and the case closed in court.

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