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Providence Surrogacy / Donor Contracts & Second Parent Adoption Attorney

Adopting a child is often one of the most joyous occasions in a parent's life. Our lawyers at Pelletier & Clark, Attorneys at Law, want to help you preserve that happiness by working with you to ensure all legal matters are effectively handled throughout the entire adoption process.

Based in Providence, our Rhode Island law firm focuses on assisting same-sex couples in second parent adoptions. Whether you are in the planning stages of growing your family or you or your partner is pregnant, we can help you define your relationship and legally protect your parental rights.

Helping You Grow And Define Your Family Through Second Parent Adoption

Simply put, second parent adoption is a way for a gay or lesbian parent to adopt his or her partner's biological or adoptive child while preserving his or her partner's parental rights. In Rhode Island, all second parent adoptions must be petitioned in family court.

While the adoption process may not seem overly complicated, there are many legal steps that need to be taken to ensure that the rights of all parties involved are protected.

Our Providence second parent adoption lawyers, Sara H. Clark and Brad R. Pelletier, understand how stressful the legal process can be, especially when considering the anticipation you are already feeling from making the decision to expand your family.

We are prepared to help you at every step of the second parent adoption process. Drawing from several years of practice helping LGBT couples overcome legal hurdles to start and sustain fulfilling and legally protected families, our lawyers have the knowledge and personal experience to effectively assist you.

During your friendly consultation, Sara H. Clark and Brad R. Pelletier will:

  • Learn about your specific circumstances by discussing your family life and your goals for your second parent adoption
  • In the event that a donor was involved, ensure all necessary paperwork is settled and available for review by the court, including the purchase contract, shipping documents
  • Determine that the state the donor sample came from does not afford the donor parental rights, or that parental rights have been terminated
  • In the event that a surrogate parent was involved, ensure all necessary paperwork is settled and available for review by the court, including the surrogacy contract, as well as a proof that surrogate parental rights will be or have already been terminated, depending on the stage of the process
  • File an adoption petition with the Rhode Island Family Court

The most important aspect of a successful second parent adoption is the ability to prove to the court that your spouse — the biological parent — consents to the adoption and that you and your partner made the decision together with the specific intent to build your family and adopt the child.

Pelletier & Clark, Attorneys at Law, is ready to help you welcome your child to the world as an adoptive parent. We urge you to consult with us today regarding any questions or concerns you have about second parent adoption.

Learn more about our LGBT law practice.

Contact Our Rhode Island Gay Adoption Lawyers Today

We invite you to contact Pelletier & Clark, Attorneys at Law, today at 401-727-4100 to schedule a free, in-person consultation regarding your legal matters. Our law office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We accept Visa and MasterCard.


Pelletier & Clark, Attorneys at Law
36 Vermont Avenue, Suite #4
Warwick, RI 02888
Phone: 401-727-4100
Fax: 401-831-2203
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