Utah Foster Child Adoption Lawyer

Stephen Howard — Stone River Law

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Category: Adoptions

  • Utah Foster Child Adoption Lawyer

    Utah adoption law provides some special rules for adoptions involving a child in foster care.  A Utah adoption lawyer can help you successfully navigate the legal system. In any adoption, the court is required to consider the best interests of the child (adoptee).  But in cases where a child is in the custody of the…

  • Consent or Relinquishment by Minor Parent in Utah

    Utah adoption law provides that a minor parent has power both to consent to the adoption of the minor’s child, and also to relinquish custody or control of the child for purposes of an adoption.  Utah Code 78B-6-123 provides that a minor’s consent or relinquishment is valid and has the same force and effect as…

  • Foster Care and Adoption in Davis County

    Foster parents in Davis County play a critical role in providing care for children who, through no fault of their own, find themselves placed in the Utah foster care system. Adopting from the foster care system has special rules.

  • Utah Single-Parent Adoptions Attorney

    Utah adoption law allows for adoptions of a minor child by either married couples or by single parents. But Utah statutes place certain restrictions on the circumstances under which a single parent can adopt a minor child. If you are considering adopting a child in Utah as a single parent, a Utah adoption attorney can…

  • Open Adoptions & Postadoption Contact Agreements

    Are postadoption contact agreements enforceable under Utah law? An open adoption agreement (often referred to formally as a postadoption contact agreement) can be enforceable under Utah law only in cases where the child to be adopted is in the custody of Utah’s Division of Child and Family Services. Often this will involve a child who…

  • Davis County Step-Parent Adoptions

    The process of adopting a step-child can secure formal legal recognition of the parent-child relationship that has developed over time. A biological parent may be deceased or may have drifted out of the child’s life for a variety of reasons. Different circumstances may require different processes to finalize a step-parent adoption. But obtaining the legal…

  • Preplacement Adoptive Evaluations

    The Utah Adoption Act, Utah Code section 78B-6-128, requires a home evaluation prior to placement of a child for adoption. It also provides exceptions under which this preplacement adoptive evaluation may be waived. Requirements are different if the adoption is done through the foster care system. Required Preplacement Evaluations Section 78-6-128 of the Utah Adoption…

  • Adoption Pre-Placement Evaluation in Utah

    A home study, criminal history report, and child abuse registry check are important parts of the adoption pre-placement evaluation process in Utah. Before an adoption petition is finalized, a prospective parent will need to submit an adoption evaluation assessing the prospective adoptive parent and the prospective adoptive home. Much of the evaluation remains the same…

  • Adoption Petitions in Utah – Initial Filings

    What are the location and timing requirements for filing adoption petitions in Utah? Utah Code 78B-6-105 governs venue (location), jurisdiction, and timing requirements for initial filing and notice of adoption petitions in Utah. This page presents only general information on these issues. For legal advice and for assistance in completing a successful adoption in Utah,…

  • Terminating Parental Rights

    How much detail do Utah courts require in a petition to terminate parental rights in context of a proposed adoption? Once finalized, an adoption serves to terminate the parental rights of any person who did not object to the adoption. However, in context of an adoption that is contested (often a stepparent adoption), Utah law…