Adoption Representation In New York

The adoption process can be a joyous time. It can also be stressful, frustrating and worrisome for everyone involved — adoptive parents, birth mothers, other family members and even the child to be adopted. As an adoptive parent myself and an attorney with more than 20 years of experience handling adoptions, I understand both the legal and emotional aspects of the journey you are about to take.

At Ashcraft Franklin & Young, LLP, I represent adoptive parents and birth parents throughout New York state in all types of adoption, including:

  • Private adoption
  • Stepparent adoption
  • Grandparent adoption
  • International adoption
  • Co-parent adoption (same-sex partners)
  • Foster parent adoption
  • Assisted fertility adoption

With empathy and compassion, I welcome all potential clients in need of adoption assistance, regardless of race, religion, nationality or sexual orientation.

Adoptive Parents

Izzy with UkeAs an adoptive parent, you want the process to move as quickly as possible so you can begin your new life with your child. You may not know which type of adoption is right for you, or you may already have an idea. When we meet, we will discuss your goals and the best way to achieve them.

I will help you navigate all of the steps of the process, including locating a child, if appropriate, through an adoption agency or birth mother. We will prepare for a home study and select a social worker. I am deeply familiar with all of the legal documents required to become legally certified to adopt, as well as the immigration process for international adoptions, subsidies for foster care adoptions and many other details that may apply to your situation. With my help, you will be able to avoid the setbacks and pitfalls that, unfortunately, many adoptive parents experience.

Same-Sex Adoption

Several of my clients have been pioneers of same-sex adoption in New York. I've been fortunate to be involved in a number of groundbreaking cases that have resulted in successful adoptions for LGBT couples. I understand the desire to create a family of your own through adoption. Contact me to learn about how I can help you.

Birth Parents

I provide support, legal protection and representation to birth mothers and fathers who have made the difficult decision to place a child for adoption. I offer a nonjudgmental environment where you will feel safe and respected at all times. We will walk through the process of selecting adoptive parents together and coordinate your medical care assistance, living accommodations and expenses, if appropriate. Everything will be planned in advance, including the birth, hospital stay, all legal documents and future contact with the adoptive parents.

Whether you are just beginning to explore your options or you are already involved in the adoption process, contact me, Greg Franklin, for experienced representation. Call Ashcraft Franklin & Young, LLP, in Rochester, New York, at 585-666-3239, ext. 307, or send me an email.