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D. Bruce Orwin
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Somerset, Kentucky 42505-0716

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Somerset, Kentucky Domestic and Overseas Adoption Lawyer

D Bruce Orwin Attorney at Law

If you are considering adoption, an experienced lawyer can offer the legal guidance you need. I am D. Bruce Orwin, a veteran Somerset adoption attorney. I’ve worked with many Kentucky families, as well as with several adoption agencies in Kentucky to handle state adoptions, foreign adoptions, and independent or private adoptions.

I ensure that all parties involved in the adoption process understand their rights and responsibilities. I will establish full, complete, and final termination of parental rights by the court, preventing the birth parents from attempting to reclaim the child once the adoption is final. I also make sure the appropriate state approvals are obtained, safeguarding your right to be a family from the day the adoption is finalized moving forward.

Adoption - An Overview

Adoption is the process by which people who are not a child’s birth parents elect to permanently become the child’s legal parents. After the adoption is complete, the new parents are the only parents recognized by law; they have the same rights and responsibilities as birth parents. If you are interested in building your family through adoption and you have questions or concerns, please get in touch with adoption attorney Bruce Orwin today to discuss what you can do about eligibility.


International or Overseas Adoptions

International adoptions are on the rise. The paperwork required for an international adoption is more complicated and extensive than that required for a domestic adoption. In addition to complying with state law, international adoptions necessitate that adoptive parents meet certain federal requirements and comply with the adoption laws of the country in which the child was born.

If you are interested in adopting a child from another county, attorney Bruce Orwin can help you fulfill the domestic and foreign requirements that stand between you and the adoption.

Open Adoptions vs. Closed Adoptions

In a closed adoption, the adoptive parents and birth parents have no contact with each other after the child is adopted. The term "open adoption" is poorly defined, but it generally means that there is some level of contact between birth parents and adoptive parents after an adoption is completed. Post-adoption contact and communication agreements may be included in the Final Order of Adoption. It is important to work with an adoption attorney who understands how such an agreement may be negotiated, drafted and enforced.

Termination of Parental Rights

Before a child is adopted, the child’s legal ties to their birth parents must be severed. This process can be stressful for adoptive parents, who may worry that complications will increase the length of the process or prevent a successful adoption altogether.

Adoption Resources

American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law
The American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law works to improve children's lives by advances in law, knowledge, justice, practice and public policy. Its website provides articles and other resources pertaining to children's issues.

Child Welfare Information Gateway
The Child Welfare Information Gateway (formerly known as the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information and the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse) provides access to information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families.

Adoption Tax Credit
Information from the Internal Revenue Service on the federal adoption tax credit.

Intercountry Adoption News
Information provided by the U.S. State Department on current issues in inter-country adoption, including countries that have suspended international adoptions, status of certain country's adoption agencies, warnings to U.S. citizens seeking to adopt in certain countries, and other important news.

Medline Plus: Adoption
Gateway resource providing information on various adoption questions, including how to select an adoption agency, things to consider when adopting children with mental or physical disabilities, costs of adoption and resources for financial assistance, adoption statistics, foster care and more.

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In today's legal environment, matching your needs with a law firm that delivers excellent personal service is crucial to a successful outcome. With extensive experience in a variety of areas, I can provide comprehensive and effective legal representation. To schedule an appointment, please contact my law office at (866) 552-4045 or by e-mail.

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D. Bruce Orwin
Attorney at Law
116 North Main Street, Suite A, PO Box 716
Somerset, Kentucky 42505-0716
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Call (606) 219-4646
Fax:  606.678.4672
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