In order to keep your legal fees as low as possible, you’ll want to be prepared for your first appointment should you decide to hire the lawyer you’re meeting with. With that goal in mind, here is a list of information and documents that would be helpful to have on hand for the attorney to get started as efficiently and affordably as possible.
For agency finalization adoption, bring:
- copy of original birth certificate if available
- name, addresses, birth dates of parents and child to be adopted
- list of expenses incurred with respect to adoption 4. copy of homestudy from agency if completed
For private adoption (where a child has not been matched), bring:
- all vital information-names, addresses, birth dates, date of marriage (if applicable);
- your medical insurance information
For step-parent adoption, bring:
- all vital information for parent wanting to adopt
- last time birth parent contacted you – i.e. date
- copy of last support check provided – or written records of such support
In representation of birth parent, bring:
- name of doctor and hospital where you will be delivering your child
- information regarding your health insurance plan
- medical social history form – generally provided in advance of meeting for birth parent to complete .