Raymond W. Godwin has been assisting couples with adoptions for more than 20 years and understands your decision to adopt. In the 1980s, Ray and his wife, Laura, adopted two daughters - one was a private placement through an acquaintance and the other was through an adoption agency. Because of his experience as an adoptive father, Ray has been providing his clients with a unique adoption perspective for more than 20 years.
We understand that the decision to build your family through adoption is life-changing and not without its share of difficulties. By urging couples to pursue their dream of adopting a child and to stand firm despite their fears regarding the process, our office has completed more than 1,500 successful adoptions. Our qualified and assertive legal representation as well as our availability to answer your questions will help guide you through your adoption journey.
If you would like more information or are ready to begin the adoption process, please contact our office. We look forward to helping make the miracle of adoption a reality in your own life.
The Miracle of Adoption
Between 500,000 and 1 million couples seek to adopt in the United States every year — approximately 3,000 or more of those reside in South Carolina. Sixty percent of successful adoption efforts are international or private adoptions or are with the participation of the Department of Social Services. Forty percent are step-parent or family adoptions.
Therefore, given those weighty statistics, many couples have been known to contact an adoption agency or their local department of social services only to find waiting lists just to get on other waiting lists. International adoption involves volumes of paperwork, delays and sometimes several trips overseas. This can be discouraging and overwhelming; however, we can help.
We help you get past the often intimidating myths about adoption, such as the conventional wisdom that it will take anywhere from two to five years to be referred to a birth mother. With our many years of assertively and successfully representing adoptive couples, the majority of our adoptive couples obtain a child within one year.
In addition, Ray and his wife, Laura, director of Carolina Hope Christian Adoption Agency, wrote The Complete Adoption Book to help guide families through the adoption process. For more information or to schedule your initial consultation, contact us by phone, fax, or e-mail.
Building Families Through Adoption
Attorney Ray Godwin and his staff work closely with adoptive couples and birth mothers. Although the following lists are not comprehensive, they will give you some idea of the services available through our firm:
For Adoptive Couples
- Newborn adoptions
- Adoption of minority children
- Foster care adoptions
- Grandparent adoptions
- Step-parent adoptions
- International adoptions
- Open / Semi-open adoptions
- Closed adoptions
If you are prospective adoptive parents from outside the state, South Carolina law requires you to be specially approved in order to be eligible to adopt a child born in South Carolina. We can handle that process for you efficiently and in a cost-effective manner. We welcome the opportunity to inform you of how the miracle of adoption can become a reality in your family's future.
We pride ourselves on consistent availability to you during all phases of the adoption process to address any issues, questions or concerns that you might have.
When you're ready to start the adoption journey, we can help. With nearly 20 years of adoption law practice, we have helped facilitate more than 1,500 adoptions.
Contact us today by completing and returning an Adoption Intake Form which can be found under the Resource tab. You will then be contacted to schedule an initial consultation with Ray Godwin. We will handle your unique situation with the utmost sensitivity and confidentiality.