The Law Offices of

B J Fadem & Associates, APC

Certified Family Law Specialist

Adoption is a very emotional experience. Creating a family is a wonderful experience and commitment.  Our Attorneys will do the challenging legal work of the Adoption process for you.  We will help you create the legal basis for your family. The Laws and issues regarding Adoption are complicated and ever changing.

Adoption can be “single” by one parent or “joint” by two parents.  Furthermore, in certain circumstances, a new law in California allows the Court to acknowledge that a child may have more than just two (2) legal or presumed parents.  California will also acknowledge 2 or more parents that are of the same gender.  Usually, if the parents are two (2) women, 1 parent carries the child through a sperm donor.  Some even choose to utilize an ovum from their partner.  Two male partners usually utilize a “surrogate” to carry the child and choose which parent will donate the sperm.  In that case, it is imperative that a “Surrogacy Agreement” be drafted carefully wherein the chosen “surrogate” has no parental rights and ensure that the child is relinquished to the “parents” once the child is born.  The best way to accomplish this is to utilize donated ovum – not the “surrogate’s”.
Many couples [whether heterosexual or homosexual] will opt for Adoption when conceiving a child on their own is impossible, improbable and/or dangerous.

Second Parent Adoption is an adoption when one of the parents is the biological parent of the child (ren) and their spouse/domestic partner wishes to become the legal parent of the child (ren).  This is different from an “independent” adoption in that the parents are neither seeking a child already born that is not biologically nor legally the child (ren) of either parent.  This arises usually when the biological/legal parent re-marries and wants the new spouse to adopt the child (ren) or same sex parents want to have a child (ren) together.

Common questions asked are:

Do I file in Court for Adoption?

Yes.  A Petition for Adoption is filed in the Probate Division of the Superior Court.

How do I begin an Adoption?

If you already have the child, a Petition for Adoption is filed in the Probate Division of the Superior Court of the County you reside in.  Social Services are served with a copy of the Petition – who will then set the hearing date once they’ve completed their investigation.

Can an Attorney ‘sell’ us the baby and do the Adoption?

No.  “Baby Brokers” are illegal.  You can find an agency to adopt a baby and an Attorney can process the Adoption.

Is the process of Second Parent Adoption the same as an Independent Adoption?

No.  It is not as involved.  Social Services do not usually require financial information and home investigations.  Same sex adoptions are now being treated as “Second Parent Adoptions

I have remarried and my child (ren)’s mother has not bothered to contact nor see our child (ren) in a long time.  My new wife would like to adopt them.  Is this possible?

Yes. There are statutes that control when parental rights could be terminated.  Abandonment is considered at 7 years.  However, if there has been no financial Child Support or no communication whatsoever for 12 months, the Court has discretion to terminate the parental rights – leaving the child (ren) available to be adopted by the new wife.

Adoption can also be processed if biological parents have “abandoned” the child or are willing to voluntarily terminate their parental rights.

Can your Law Firm file our Legal documents and/or represent me in any County?

Yes.  We can file in all California Counties and cities, including but not limited to: Alameda County, Alpine County, Amador County, Butte County, Calaveras County, Colusa County, Contra Costa County, Del Norte County, El Dorado County, Fresno County, Glenn County, Humbolt County, Inyo County, King County, Lake County, Lassen County, Madera County, Marin County, Mariposa County, Mendocino County, Merced County, Modoc County, Mono County, Monterey County, Napa County, Nevada County, Placer County, Plumas County, Sacramento County, San Benito County, San Francisco County, San Joaquin County, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, Santa Cruz County, Shasta County, Sierra County, Siskiyou County, Solano County, Sonoma County, Stanislaus County, Sutter County, Tehama County, Trinity County, Tulare County, Tuolumne County, Yolo County, and Yuba County.  B J Fadem has traveled not only throughout California – but throughout the country representing clients – as well as other countries.

Seeking sound legal counsel with regard to Adoption is a very important decision.  Making the wrong or uninformed decision could cost you your family.  Helping families is what Attorney B J Fadem does.

Our Attorneys are skilled at helping clients with Adoption legal issues and making the process as civil and polite as possible.

Your issue may be time sensitive.

Please contact our office to set-up your Initial Consultation.

Please read the FAQs prior to your Initial Consultation.

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Client Testimonials
  • BJ Fadem was my lawyer in a child custody case. He was incredible. He knew my fears and took the time to ease everyone of them. BJ was helpful with everything. He is about fair and what is best. I would not have made it through the process without him. BJ is a compassionate, knowledgeable, and straight forward. I would recommend him for anyone that is in need of a Family Law lawyer. Hated going through it, but he made it incredibly painless!Posted by Scot
  • I hired BJ Fadem and Associates to enforced my divorce settlement. BJ Fadem and Associates read through the entire divorce settlement and wrote a letter to my ex-husband pointing out what was not being enforced. BJ is very kind and makes you feel comfortable talking about the situation. BJ and his staff followed through on getting the tasks done and my ex husband complied with his responsiblities. The best possible outcome I could have expected and I couldn't have reached that result without BJ Fadem and his team!Anonymous
  • I have had several opportunities to consult with this law firm over the past few years. I have always received timely and courteous responses to my inquiries. The reason I return time and time again is knowledgeable employees and the respect I am treated with. I also think that the noncondensending matter in which I was treated was a prime factor. It was hard enough to go through what I did, I appreciated not being talked down to by some old stuffy lawyer. Though I have only consulted with Fadem Law, I have referred a few family members who were totally happy with the outcome of their cases.Posted by Claude
  • Mr Fadem is extremely knowledgeable of the laws. Felt he was very in tuned to my needs and fought those. Would definitely would use again. HIGHLY RECOMMENDPosted by Sharon
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  • I had a previous attorney who so screwed up my divorce that I almost lost my home, custody and my business!!! When I did my initial consultation with Mr. Fadem, him and and his staff immediately started working on my case to get things saved! The professionalism, customer service and legal knowledge this firm has is incredible!! I can't say enough!! My case is still going on. However, I am so grateful for all they have done and are doing on my behalf!Posted by anonymous
  • I have worked with Mr. Fadem on many occasions and he is as intelligent, professional, and dedicated as they come. His knowledge of family law is outstanding and I refer him to anyone who needs a specialized and highly skilled family law attorney.Posted by Emily
  • As a father with an extremely challenging custody situation, I went through several attorneys before retaining BJ Fadem. Without a doubt BJ has helped my case and my family reach favorable results more quickly and effectively than the collective effort of my first three attorneys combined. Based on years of favorable results and such a positive experience there is no way I would use any other law firm for custody or family law matters. BJ Fadem is absolutely one of the finest custody attorneys in the bay area.Posted by Gary
  • Professional and Skilled. Great Law Office! Mr. BJ Fadem is a knowledgeable and skilled attorney with great experience. Thank you!Larry
    California Jan 27, 2014