Adoption Equality

Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Ruling impacts Michigan’s gay and lesbian families looking to achieve Adoption Equality in Michigan Amidst sweet engagements and mass wedding ceremonies, June 26, 2015 will also go down in the books for many gay and lesbian couples as the day their adoption plans became (closer to) reality. It may take some time for Michigan officials to formalize the specifics of Second-Parent Adoption. But for many same-sex couples, along with the right to marry, the Supreme Court ruling will extend the rights of gay and lesbian married couples to adopt each other’s children and to jointly adopt non-related children. Continue Reading…

Private Adoption Attorneys in Michigan: Alternative to Agencies

There’s a bill before the Michigan Congress to allow adoption agencies (some of which receive state funds) to discriminate based on religious beliefs. “The legislation would protect agencies refusing service over religious beliefs from “adverse action” by the state, including limiting public funding and ‘discriminating against the child placing agency,’” according to the Huffington Post article, “Michigan May Allow Adoption Agencies To Refuse Service To Gay Couples”.  More than a quarter of the adoption agencies in Michigan are run by religiously-affiliated organizations so there are concerns that LGBT individuals might be denied access to adoption services. One answer to these Continue Reading…

Semi-Open Adoption Options

When it comes to adoption negotiations, Open vs. Closed, can be an emotional one. It is after all, hard to know what the future has in store five, 10 or 20 years down the road. There is a delicate balance between what is best for the child, adoptive and birthparents. The good news is that it’s no longer an all-or-nothing decision. As Open Adoption becomes the norm, there are many emerging hybrids. There are obviously pros and cons to all adoption variations so it is important to work with an experienced attorney to determine what options will work for each family. Open Adoption Open Continue Reading…