Are you considering adoption?


Families are hard to define. At Poarch Law, we understand that it’s love, not DNA that binds families, and we work hard to turn the emotional experience of family into a legal reality. It is critical that you understand the various steps of the adoption process before you start and what to consider in order to meet your family’s goals.

Poarch Thompson attorneys will guide you through the adoption process for all types of adoptions including: Agency adoptions, Contested adoption, Foster care to adoption, Adult adoption, Same-sex adoption, Stepparent adoption, Private parental placements for adoption and Certain aspects of international adoption.

Giving you confidence and control over your adoption process.

Adult Adoptions

Questions about Adult Adoption in Virginia. Adult adoption provides the option for an adult to have a stepparent or close relative or other suitable adult to become their legal parent.      

Close Relative Adoption

Certain close family members of a child (in Virginia “close relative” includes grandparent, great-grandparent, adult nephew or niece, adult brother or sister, adult uncle or aunt, or adult great uncle or great aunt) may adopt a child through an e…

Contested Adoption Lawyer

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Hague Abduction

Hague Abduction (International Child Custody) The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (commonly referred to as the Hague Abduction Convention or simply the Abduction Convention) is a nuanced, n…

International Adoption Attorney

Adopting children is an exciting and confusing process. If you’re pursuing international adoption, there are three different sets of law you have to understand and work with, and they are U.S. federal law, state law, and the laws of the child’s c…

Parental Placements in Adoption

Parental placement refers to any adoption case in which the parent chooses with whom to place the child where that placement does not involve a stepparent or close relative adoption. In a parental placement adoption, the birth parent…

Request for Evidence and Notice of Intent to Deny

Request for Evidence (RFE) and Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID) After you submit a petition or application to USCIS, they may respond in a number of ways. Sometimes, they use requests for evidence (RFE) and notices of intent to deny (NOID) to a…

Stepparent Adoption

Virginia law allows a stepparent to adopt a stepchild by filing in circuit court to adopt their spouse’s child by birth or adoption. While the process is similar to other kinds of adoptions, stepparent adoptions have discrete requiremen…

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