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Amy Wallas Fox

Amy Fox’s Answers

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  • 30 yrs ago I had a baby at the age of 14.

    I was forced by my parents to go to a home for mothers through catholic social services. I never wanted to place my daughter up fro adoption but had not choice. She will be 30 in a few days and I truly just want to know anything about her. Is ther...

    Amy’s Answer

    I recommend you contact Catholic Social Services and find out if they have any sort of reunion process. You can also check with the Human Services department (adoptions) of the state where the adoption occurred in order to determine if it is possible to initiate contact with your daughter through a state reunion registry or other means. In some states you can also petition to open the court file.

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  • Stepchild adoption - deceased bio father

    My son's father passed away earlier this year and my husband would like to adopt him. We originally lived in FL and we spoke to our attorney there who said we would just need to fill out the forms and file the petition. However we've been unabl...

    Amy’s Answer

    You will need an attorney experienced in adoption matters to assist you with this stepparent adoption. Since the child's father is deceased, it will not be a highly complicated process, however, since no adoption forms exist in Georgia, it is quite difficult to do this on your own.

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  • Can a step-father adopt his step-children without the biological father signing his rights away?

    My husband wants to adopt my 3 children, but their bio-dad doesn't want to sign his rights away.

    Amy’s Answer

    Yes, if the biological father would not actively fight the stepparent adoption once he receives notice. If he would likely not respond to notice of the adoption, the stepparent adoption can move forward without him signing his rights away. In that case you would not need to initiate a separate termination action. There are other factors at play as well including whether you were married to the biological father and whether he has been supporting the children.

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  • Do I need a absent parent signature/permission to adopt a child.

    The mother has agreed to allow me to put my name on the birth certificate. The biological father knows about the child but hasn't had contact in 2 years. I have been supporting the child since she was born and I am the father that the child knows

    Amy’s Answer

    It is possible to complete an adoption with these facts, assuming you are married to the child's mother. We must obtain consent from the biological father OR show that he cannot be found/will not contest the adoption. Please contact me if you are interested in adopting your stepdaughter.

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  • Adopting a child.

    The father of my son has not even tried to contact him since he was born in Jan. My fiancee wants to adopt him how would I go about doing that and would the bio father have to sign over rights and would we have to be married for him to adopt my son?

    Amy’s Answer

    You need to consult with an experienced adoption attorney in your state to determine whether it would be necessary for the child's father to consent to the adoption and whether you need to be married to your fiance for him to adopt. I recommend someone from this list of Iowa attorneys: http://www.adoptionattorneys.org/states/state.asp?st=IA

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  • How do my husband and I start the process of adopting a couples unborn child that they do not want?

    My husband and I had a couple ask tonight if we would adopt their unborn child. She is due in November 2012 and they already have an 8 month old they are unable to support financially. Between the both of them they already have 9 children. We a...

    Amy’s Answer

    You need to consult with an experienced adoption attorney as soon as possible. I also recommend an attorney from the American Academy. David Broome is located in Mobile and his contact information can be found here: http://www.adoptionattorneys.org/states/state.asp?st=AL

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  • How can I adopt my great-nephew

    I have been taking care of my nephew Since 2005. His mom gave me temp custody in 2008 I have never gotten support from neither parent. I want to ADOPT HIM. HIS DAD HAS BEEN IN PRISON ALL OF HIS LIFE AND HIS MOM STATES SHE WILL NOT CONTEST THE ...

    Amy’s Answer

    You should consult with an attorney in Texas who is experienced in adoption law. Try someone from this website: www.adoptionattorneys.org

    So long as you are able to care for the child physically and financially, it should not be an insurmountable barrier that you are on disability.

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  • Would i be able to get paperwork and complete an adoption on my own without a lawyer? and if so where could i find the paperwork

    my now husband has adopted my 16 year old son and would like to go through same process with my 6 year old, but cannot afford lawyers fees again, need to know if it is wise to try this process on my own?

    Amy’s Answer

    As mentioned by the other attorneys, it is not wise to attempt an adoption involving termination of parental rights on your own. You want to be certain that the legal process is followed correctly. I recommend any of the attorneys at www.adoptionattorneys.org

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  • My boyfriend of six years wants to adopt my daughter. Do we need to be married first?

    The biological father has signed away all legal rights to her and has not seen her since her first birthday.

    Amy’s Answer

    In most states the answer is that yes you need to be married first. However, you need to consult with an experienced adoption attorney in Mississippi to know for sure. Use the below link to find someone from the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys who has experience with adoptions.

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  • How can I allow my new husband to adopt my daughters?

    My ex-husband and I have been divorced since July of 2011. I won sole full custody of our 2 daughters and he was court ordered to pay child support in January of 2012, of which he only made that 1st payment and nothing since then. I re-married in ...

    Amy’s Answer

    I recommend you contact adoption attorney James "Jim" Fletcher Thompson in Spartanburg, SC. 864-573-5533

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