Indianapolis, Indiana Law Firm of
Hocker & Associates

Adoption Attorney Indianapolis

Hocker & Associates, LLC represents clients needing legal assistance with step-parent adoptions and grandparent adoptions

Adopting a child can be an amazing, life-changing moment in your family's lives. The adoption process can also be confusing, expensive and intimidating for parents who have never adopted a child before.

And even if you have previously adopted children, you know how important it is to make sure that your adoption agreement meets all the required state, federal and sometimes even international regulations. That's why it's important that you have an experienced family law attorney on your side, looking out for your best interests. Hocker & Associates, LLC attorneys Vicki L. FortinoMatthew C. Maples, and Rachel A. East can assist you through the legal process of adopting a child.

Do you need legal help with adopting a step-child or grandchild?

Our attorneys have handled adoption cases, particularly ones involving stepchildren and grandchildren, and can help you through the process using our holistic approach.

If you are a step-parent or grandparent who is looking to adopt a child, Hocker & Associates, LLC can help with the filing of paperwork and other parts of the legal process, including the termination of a biological parent's parental rights

Fortino, Maples, and East understand how complicated adoptions can be in Indiana. They have helped many people in Indianapolis and throughout the state adopt children from across the state and around the world. You can rely on a knowledgeable Indiana adoption lawyer at our firm to help you every step of the way.

What are common types of adoptions in Indiana?

There are many different kinds of adoptions in Indiana that present their own unique legal challenges, including but not limited to the following:

  • Adopting a grandchild
  • Adopting a step-child
  • Adopting children in foster care
  • Foster adoption or fost-adopt. - A form of adoption in where children are placed in a home as a foster child with the understanding that the child will become available to be adopted by you.
  • Infant adoption
  • Independent adoption

What's the difference between closed adoptions and open adoptions?

  • Closed adoption - Term used to describe adoptions in which the family adopting the child does not have any information about the birth family, and there is no contact between the two families. In the case of many closed adoptions, the child has the choice of finding out the identity of his or her birth parents at the age of 18 years old.
  • Open adoption - Phrase used which refers to a situation in which the adoptive parents, birth parents and the child have an active and on-going relationship with each other. The terms of an open adoption vary widely from one family to another. Some allow regular contact between the child and the birth parents. Others allow phone calls and contact through a third party.

How can an Indianapolis adoption lawyer help my family?

It's critical that an adoption agreement adhere to all the appropriate state and federal laws.  But just as important, any adoption agreement should reflect your specific goals and preferences as a parent.

When you are represented by Hocker & Associates, LLC, we will help create a legal adoption agreement that satisfies your needs as parent. What you want matters, and we will personally do everything we can to help create a fair, comprehensive adoption agreement that best suits your needs.

Contact our law firm. We want to meet with you and will explain all the legal options available.  Schedule a free consultation right now. Call (317) 578-1630. We want to help you build a family. We want to be your lawyer for life.