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Sherea Vitelli

Experienced attorney in the areas of family law, criminal defense, civil litigation, estate administration, and D.W.I.

Adoption FAQ

Adoption FAQ

  1. How long is the process for adoption of child?

    Generally, 6 months or longer.

  2. Is it possible to adopt an adult?

    Yes, it would be the same process as adopting a child.

  3. How much does an adoption cost?

    General cost is about $5000.00 and can go up from there.   Here at the Vitelli Law Firm we strive to make it cost effective for the client.

  4. Are there any fees besides the attorney fees?

    Usually, you will need to pay for criminal back ground check and finger printing.  There may be some costs associated with an attorney ad litem or amicus attorney.  It depends on the nature of your case.

  5. Does my attorney need to be board certified for the adoption?

    No, as in any case your attorney only needs to be licensed with the State and in good standing with the State Bar.

  6. My spouse has a criminal history, will this prohibit us from adopting a child?

    Generally no.  However there are certain crimes which will prevent adoption such as sexual assault crimes or crimes involving family violence.  Inform your attorney of any crimes that may be on your record.  You may be eligible for a non-disclosure proceeding prior to the adoption.

  7. I cannot find the he biological father but have the consent of biological mother for the adoption, will this stop the adoption?

    The court may appoint an attorney ad litem to try to locate the biological father is this scenario.  The attorney ad litem will then report to the court and parties involved their findings.  If the biological father is not found generally the court will continue with the adoption proceeding.


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