There is no set formula for what makes a family. In some cases, a non-traditional adoption may be in the children's best interest. Historically, adoptions were granted normally to married heterosexual couples only. However, a pair willing to share parental rights and responsibilities may be best suited to raise the children.
Advocating to Protect Children's Best Interests in Manhattan
New York adoption lawyer Clifford Greenberg started this law firm more than 20 years ago to help loving families form through the adoption process. Since then, he has handled more than 4,000 adoptions, many of which have not been traditional but have provided a permanent and nurturing home for children. If you believe a minor relative in your family is at risk living with their biological parents, we can help you explore legal options in the child's best interests.
Adopting a child you love comes with a tremendous amount of joy and responsibilities. If you are considering adopting a minor relative that you are concerned about, contact our adoption lawyers for a free consultation. This is a highly complicated area of the law but we can guide you through the process to make this journey as smooth as possible.
Handling Joint Adoptions Throughout New York
Adoption attorney Clifford Greenberg recently helped change the law in New York in support of non-traditional families. In the past, the court system in New York generally granted adoptions to couples, but Clifford proved that two individuals committed to sharing parenting responsibilities should be granted with parental rights, when in the children's best interests.
Specifically, he represented an aunt and grandmother who were looking to adopt three children after their unfit birth mother's parenting rights had been terminated. The biological father had no interests in remaining part of the children's life. The petitioners lived together and planned to share parenting duties of the three children.
Clifford showed the court that the children loved their grandmother and aunt and wanted to live with them both. The children had experienced turbulent lives with their biological parents, but found happiness with their relatives and looked up to them as parents. It was important to the judge that the children would not be separated from one another. The adoption, although non-traditional, was granted.
Contact Our Manhattan Child Adoption Attorneys for a Free Consultation
Even if your adoption arrangement may seem non-traditional, it may be granted if in the children's best interests. Contact our New York City adoption lawyers today for a free consultation. We have experience representing grandparents, aunts and other relatives committed to providing a nurturing environment to minor relatives.