Helping Your Family Grow Through Adoption

Adoption allows for families to grow and change, and it provides loving, stable homes for children; however, it can be a difficult and stressful process when you don't understand your rights and options. I am Anchorage attorney Dorothea G. Aguero, and I help families throughout Alaska throughout the adoption process. Whether you want to adopt a new baby, a foster child or a stepchild, I can help your family grow.

From Stepparent To Same-Sex Adoptions, I Can Help

With over 25 years of experience handling adoption cases, I understand the legal processes involved, as well as the challenges and options available. I have helped people bring children into their families through intrafamily adoption, foster care adoption, stepparent adoption and infant placement, including cases involving the Indian Child Welfare Act. I also help clients in the greater Anchorage area with guardianship issues for children, adults with special needs and grandparents.

Whatever your situation, I will make sure you understand your rights and options as I guide you through the adoption or guardianship process:

  • Third-party adoptions and infant placement
  • Indian Child Welfare Act cases
  • Intrafamily adoption
  • Stepparent adoption
  • Foster parent adoption
  • Single-parent adoption
  • Adult adoption
  • Guardianships for kids, adults with special needs and the elderly
  • Grandparents' rights to visitation
  • Grandparent guardianships

Navigating Contentious Adoptions

While adoption is rewarding, it can be difficult when a child's biological parent is unable or unwilling to surrender parental rights. If you are facing a contested adoption, the lawyer you choose to represent you can make a huge difference.

If one parent is no longer involved in their child's life and the other parent's spouse wants to adopt his or her stepchild, I can help. In Alaska, the law allows adoption without the consent of one parent if that parent has failed to meaningfully communicate with or support the child for a year; however, that parent must be personally served with the adoption papers. I will make sure the entire process is handled correctly.

Same-Sex Adoptions

While same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states, adoption laws can be complex when it comes to same-sex partners. I encourage all families to grow and become whole through adoption, and I have helped same-sex couples adopt whether they are married or not.

Contact Me

Whether you want to bring a child into your family or need to obtain a legal guardianship, it is important to understand your rights and alternatives and obtain knowledgeable help. My Anchorage, Alaska, law office is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact me today for a phone consultation at 800-481-7140.