One of the toughest choices a parent could ever have to make is whether to give their child up for adoption. Many parents agonize over the reasons for and against putting their child up for adoption. Often, one of the toughest aspects of adoption is the question of whether the parent should remain in the child’s life after the child is adopted.
Some parents worry that staying involved in the child’s life might be confusing to the child as they grow up. Other parents may be concerned that not being able to have some sort of relationship with their child would be too difficult. If you are considering giving your child up for adoption and you have concerns about not ever being able to see your child once they are adopted, take solace in the fact that visitation rights are possible in South Carolina.
Providing For Biological Parent Visitation At The Outset
When you give a child up for adoption in South Carolina, it is possible to work with the adoption agency and the adoptive parents so that you can have visitation with the child. Biological parents who plan to give their child up for adoption can work with an adoption agency to prepare an adoption plan. An adoption plan sets out the biological parent’s desires for their unborn child, such as the type of family that the child will be adopted by (e.g., a family with other children, a married couple that has no children yet, etc.) and whether the biological parent can have visitation with the child once they are adopted.
The adoption agency will then work with prospective adoptive parents to find a good match. Once prospective adoptive parents are identified, biological parents can meet with the adoptive parents and discuss any other aspects of the adoption plan that they would like to know more about. This is the perfect opportunity to negotiate how the biological parents’ visitation with the child will work in the future. The biological parents and the adoptive parents can then enter into a formal agreement concerning visitation of the child. Next, the adoption can be finalized.
A Visitation Agreement Does Not Confer Parental Rights
It is important to understand that a visitation agreement does not bestow upon the biological parent any sort of parental rights to the child. By the time the adoption is finalized, the biological parent will have forfeited their parental rights, and the adoptive parents get legal right over the child. While visitation grants the biological parents the opportunity to remain involved in their biological child’s life, biological parents need to respect the choices made by the adoptive parents concerning the child.
When negotiating and entering into the formal visitation agreement, it is a good idea to work closely with an experienced child visitation and adoption attorney to make sure that your rights are being protected. Having a lawyer work with you side by side as you prepare your visitation agreement can make sure that you don’t overlook anything that you could potentially regret later.
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Contact an experienced Charleston, SC adoption attorney today. The adoption lawyers at McCoy & Stokes, LLC can help you prepare and enter into an adoption and visitation agreement.
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