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Adoptions

Ms. Bartee has been representing families who have adopted children for nearly 30 years. She is experienced and compassionate and will assist your family in navigating the adoption process. Ms. Bartee’s experience includes representing foster parents and relatives in adoptions involving a child who is a ward of the Department of Child Services as well as Step-Parent and other 3rd Party Adoptions.

Termination of Parental Rights
In some cases, it is necessary to file a Petition to Terminate Parental Rights. Ms. Bartee is experienced in representing parties in termination (severance) actions. Stories abound about birth parents challenging adoptions after they are finalized. These well-publicized news accounts reflect a real fear for adoptive parents. The suffering associated with a badly-handled adoption affects everybody involved — the adoptive parents, the birth parents and the children who are caught in the middle. It is for this reason that adoptions are best handled by an experienced attorney like Ms. Bartee who is well-versed in adoptions wherein a parent consents or if they refuse to consent and litigation is requested.

Contact a professional, experienced attorney.

In order to set up an appointment call 480-730-5211.

Paternity Registry
The biological father has the same rights as the biological mother to decide whether to voluntarily terminate parental rights. Arizona laws seek to balance the father’s rights with the well-being of the child through a paternity registry. The process prevents the unsettling disruption of a child’s life caused by a father’s parental claims after the adoption’s finalization. A man who knows — or believes — he is the father of a child can apply to the putative father registry to receive notices of judicial proceedings related to the child, including those associated with the adoption process. We take all necessary steps to confirm that the father provides consent or that no father is registered with the database.

Types of Adoption
An open adoption agreement permits the biological family to maintain a relationship with the child. The terms of the agreement are established by written contract and can include any level of involvement ranging from regular visits to yearly snapshots exchanged by mail. A closed adoption protects the identity of the biological parents and the child, but may include disclosure of essential information such as the child’s heritage and medical history. Whichever type of adoption you choose, we meticulously draft a contract that reflects the terms of your adoption.