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Florence, South Carolina Adoption Lawyer

Focused on building families
Adopting a child brings happiness to families, but a biological parent’s change of heart or an immigration fiasco can turn a joyous occasion into a nightmare. The law office of Nancy H. Bailey handles the complex legal procedures and frustrating red tape of the adoption process so you can focus on your new family member.

We have more than 35 years of experience successfully handling such issues as:

  • Termination of parental rights
  • Paternity registry
  • Closed adoptions
    • Private adoptions
    • Domestic adoptions
    • International adoptions
    • Step-parent adoptions

Termination of parental rights
There are many accounts of birth parents challenging an adoption after it is finalized. These well-publicized news stories 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.

We ensure that both the birth and adoptive parents’ rights are respected so that the end result is a final adoption that cannot be challenged. We substantiate that the birth parents consent to the adoption freely and voluntarily and so avoids the claims of fraud, duress and coercion that can be grounds for restoring a birth parent’s rights.

Paternity registry
The biological father has the same rights as the biological mother to decide whether to voluntarily terminate parental rights. South Carolina 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. The law office of Nancy H. Bailey takes all necessary steps to confirm that the father provides consent or that no father is registered with the database.

Types of adoption
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.

International adoptions present unique challenges. Also called inter-country adoptions, the process involves a complex web of laws and policies, including South Carolina, U.S., U.S. immigration, the child’s country of birth and the Hague Adoption Convention.  We remain by your side through every step to avoid potential problems and smooth the process. Our goal is to help you bring your child home as soon as legally possible.

Contact a South Carolina adoption attorney who can help you build your family
The law office of Nancy H. Bailey is located in the city of Florence and serves residents of Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Sumter and Williamsburg counties. Call us at 843.679.3865 or contact us online to schedule an appointment to discuss your adoption needs.