Although the thought of adopting your grandchildren may seem unusual, be assured there are millions of children in the United States whose grandparents are their primary caregivers. According to The Complete Adoption Book , about 5% of all children living with relatives live with their grandparents.
For more than 20 years, Attorney Raymond Godwin has been guiding parents and grandparents through the complex and sensitive issues surrounding the adoption process. As an adoption attorney and adoptive father, Raymond Godwin can answer your questions about the adoption process and offer patient understanding relating to your fears about adoption.
If you would like more information about the grandparent adoption process or are currently considering adopting your grandchildren, we invite you to call our office or schedule an initial consultation with Attorney Ray Godwin.
We Believe in the Miracle of Grandparent Adoption
More often than not, the family conditions that could lead to a grandparent adoption are not ideal. A birth parent's drug addiction, trouble with the law, extended illness or death can lead grandparents to assume the role of parenting. In our experience, we've found that grandparents in South Carolina and across the country take on the role of a parent for reasons such as:
- Death of a parent
- Child abandonment
- Child abuse or neglect
- Teen pregnancy
- Parental drug or substance abuse
- Mental health problems
Depending on the circumstances surrounding the birth parents, grandparent adoptions are generally less complex than other adoptions and usually processed more smoothly. In addition, South Carolina courts usually try to keep children with existing family members.
Regardless of the circumstances, we will support your decision to adopt your grandchildren, direct all the necessary legal work, and keep you updated throughout the entire process.
Building Families Through Grandparent Adoption
We understand the emotional decisions you may be facing as you consider grandparent adoption. You may be experiencing financial or health-related issues that you fear might hinder you from a successful adoption. Our office has guided adoptive couples through more than 2,000 adoptions by answering their questions and concerns just like yours.
If you are considering adoption as a means of keeping your family together, please be in touch with our office. We are confident our legal ability can help you successfully accomplish your adoption goals.
Raymond W. Godwin, Attorney at Law, is committed to building families through adoption. We will help you move forward comfortably and confidently with your grandparent adoption goals by answering your questions and calming your fears about your adoption situation.
Contact us today by phone, fax, or email to arrange your initial consultation with Ray Godwin. We will handle your unique situation with the utmost sensitivity and confidentiality.