Lyon Law Office has more experience in handling independent adoptions than any law firm in Eastern Washington. We have facilitated more than 1000 adoptions. Our two lead attorneys in this field J. Eric Gustafson and Marcus J. Fry are both members of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, a national organization of only 325 attorneys, invited into membership based on extensive experience and peer-review criteria. Our two adoption legal assistants have 10 and 25 years respectively of working with birth parents and adoptive parents. This firm helps couples locate and match with women seeking to place their infants for adoption - please visit our adoption website at NorthWest Adoptions. We often represent adoptive parents but also are called upon from time to time to represent birth parents. With the availability of infants being limited in many states, out-of-state families often retain this office to assist them in finding a suitable birth mother from whom to adopt.

 

 

 

We network with adoption attorneys and health care professionals throughout the United States who periodically request our help in locating adoptive parents to match with birth mothers in their practices. We assist a majority of our clients in finding a birth mother to match with often within six to twelve months of the date when they first start actively seeking birth mothers.

 

Birth mothers who work with our clients are carefully screened and the information they provide is, to the extent permissible, verified. We seek documentation of whether they have been tested for HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, drugs and alcohol. They provide us with authorizations that we use to obtain their medical records. They complete lengthy questionnaires about their family history, health history, educational history, employment history and social history. We promptly share all of the completed forms with our clients to help them learn the most about the birth mothers with whom they are thinking of matching and so that ultimately the adopted child will be able to be told a lot about his or her roots and background. We encourage review by the client's own physicians, and where requested will seek further testing or information from the birth mother.  As an adoptive parent, I appreciate how important it is for adoptive couples to know as much about their child's history as possible and how important it is for the growing child to be able to have her/his questions about their biological family answered thoroughly and accurately. Special considerations are required when dealing with clients from other states. Because newspaper advertising for adoption is forbidden in some states, we will assist you in locating a birth mother without violating any of your home state laws. It is still possible that your birth mother may come from your home state as birth mothers come to this office and its clients by means other than advertising.

 

 Additionally, if a birth mother is located  in a state where you do not need to be a resident to finalize your adoption, and we find some advantage to do so, we will assist you in making arrangements with skilled attorneys in the birth mother's home state who will finalize your adoption. If your birth mother gives birth in a state where you cannot finalize the adoption because you are not a resident of that state then we will assist you in connecting with an experienced and well qualified attorney or a licensed agency in your home state to finalize your adoption. At the same time we will assist with compliance with all federal laws which apply when a baby born in one state is to be adopted by a couple from another state.

 

To learn more about our adoption attorneys, J. Eric Gustafson and Marcus J. Fry, please click on their names to visit their profiles.