Grandparent and Other Relative Adoptions


Grandparent and Other Relative Adoption Attorney In Southern Utah

If you are considering adoption in the state of Utah, particularly a private or interstate adoption, one of the most important first steps is consulting with an experienced Utah adoption law attorney.

A relative who has a relationship with a child in state’s custody who may become available for adoption may apply to adopt a particular child.

At Ruesch and Reeve, we are equipped to provide you navigation through this complicated process. Adhearing to all Utah Administrative Adoption Codes, our attorney’s will help you apply for adoptive custody of a relative. Abiding by all Utah Adoption by Relative codes and the specified requirements for relatives to adopt a child in the custody of Child and Family Services.

Contact the experts at Ruesch & Reeve today if you’re struggling to navigate the process of relative related adoption.

A general outline of steps we take to ensure your adoption is safe and legal:

  • A petition for adoption of the child is filed with the court
  • Attorney develops a plan to terminate the parental rights of all birth or legal parents of the child
  • Birth father signs a Consent to Adoption or Denial of Paternity according to state law where the child will be born, or a check of the birth state’s paternity registry is made
  • Child is born
  • The birth mother signs a Consent to Adoption according to Utah law or state law where the child is born (usually between 24 hours or up to three days after birth)
  • The child is placed with adoptive parents and waiting period begins (six months in Utah)
  • Paperwork is filed with a court based on birth parent consents to adoption requesting the court order official temporary custody of the child be with adoptive parents pending finalization of the adoption
  • Post-placement supervisory visits are made to the adoptive family, and subsequent reports are prepared
  • Attorney gathers or prepares all documents required by law for the finalization of the adoption
  • A hearing date is set for “finalization”
  • Adoptive parents appear in court with the child and their attorney for the official adoption day
  • Judge signs adoption order