We hope to adopt our foster child, after TPR. Do we need an attorney, how's the best way to find one?
I assume you have been subpoenaed for the purpose of testifying at the TPR hearing (trial). That is different than sitting in the courtroom and watching what is going on. More than likely they will invoke the rule and you will only be allowed in for the limited time you testify. You may wish to consult an attorney experienced in dependency law and adoption.
I hope this is helpful.
Madonna M. Finney
Board Certified Adoption Lawyer
Normally, you would not be permitted at the trial to terminate the rights of the parents. But, in this case, one of the lawyers must believe that you have relevant testimony to give. Strictly speaking, you probably don't need a lawyer, though, of course, it's always wise to have one. First, call the lawyer who subpoenaed you to find out what your involvement will be in the trial. Then, ask other lawyers you know (or friends who know lawyers) or look online for good dependency or adoption lawyers in your area if you still think you need a lawyer.
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You have been supoenaed to testify. As a witness you do not need an attorney unless you feel for some reason your testimony may effect your ability to adopt and then, "yes,' you may be wise to consult an attorney.
I have been a foster parent myself. Good luck to you!
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