Adoption is the legal, permanent placement of a child with an adoptive parent.  The adoptive parent can be an independent individual, or someone with ties to the child, such as a step-parent  or grandparent.  Adoption terminates a birth parent’s legal and parental rights and responsibilities for a child and places those rights and responsibilities with the adoptive parent.  In some situations, an alternative to adoption, such as legal custody through Juvenile Court, a name change or a guardianship may be more appropriate.  To discuss your particular situation, please contact Dayton family lawyer Helen Wallace for a consultation.

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