If you are thinking about adoption, you’re likely experiencing both cautious hope and a lurking anxiety. During this exciting and life-changing time, you have a lot of questions about adoption. You might find the adoption process daunting and complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. The mystery of adoption can be replaced with new insight. Ben loves his role in clearing the way and helping unite a needy child with a loving family. Adoptions are cause for celebration and you can anticipate a joyful outcome.Palmer, Alaska Adoption - Ben Whipple, Attorney

Many people adopt – unrelated persons, grandparents, step-parents, aunts and uncles, married people and singles, racially diverse and not. If you are considering adoption, seek counsel from people you trust. Community organizations such as the HeartReach Pregnancy Center and Catholic Social Services can help you understand if adoption is right for you and your family. Many find that serving as foster families are a good way to prepare for adoption and make contact with children in need of permanent homes.

Once you find the child that you want to adopt, it is time to get a lawyer involved. Ben does not help prospective parents find a child to adopt or arrange international adoptions. But if an international adoption agency has placed a child with you, Ben can help you finalize the adoption in Alaska.

The adoption process requires you to have a home study completed by a licensed social worker. Informed by a series of interviews and home visits, this study provides the court with a good sense of your home life and readiness to parent a particular child. Most people find this process enjoyable and affirming.

Adoption is an exciting time for a family. With Ben taking on the legal responsibilities, you can focus on what is really important – caring for the new addition. Having done this many years, Ben knows how important to you it is that your adoption is a success.