New Jersey Agency Adoption Attorneys
Experienced Counsel in Adoptions
If you have retained an agency to help you with the adoption of a child, you may believe that you do not need legal counsel. Though the agency can streamline the process of finding a child and will help you complete the home study, you still need legal counsel to protect your interests. The lawyers at Cofsky & Zeidman, LLC, can help.
If you choose to use an agency for your adoption, the agency will handle all matters necessary to make the placement, either of a child they have located for you or a child you have located through other sources. To complete the adoption process, the agency will need to obtain a relinquishment of rights from the birth parents. In New Jersey and in Pennsylvania, this may be done as early as 72 hours after the birth of the child. In New Jersey, once executed, a voluntary relinquishment of parental rights is irrevocable, absent a showing of fraud or duress on the part of the agency. In Pennsylvania the birth parents have the right to revoke for 30 days. We will handle all matters to this placement, including finalization. In most New Jersey agency adoptions, there is a single court hearing, which cannot take place until six months after the placement of your child. If the father of the child is unknown or unnamed, we will also seek to terminate his rights at a preliminary hearing several months before the finalization of adoption.
At Cofsky & Zeidman, LLC, we have successfully handled all matters related to adoption proceedings for decades. In our years in practice, we have successfully guided more than 1,500 families through the adoption process. Attorney Donald C. Cofsky, Fellow and Past President of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, has also been named an Angel in Adoption by the Congressional Coalition for Adoption in Washington, D.C. Attorney Cofsky is AV-rated by his colleagues in the legal profession under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System and has been recognized as a New Jersey Super Lawyer, as well as an Awesome Attorney by South Jersey Magazine and a Top Attorney by SJ Magazine.
Offices Located in Haddonfield, Woodbury & Philadelphia
Call our office in Haddonfield, NJ at (856) 429-5005 or in Woodbury, NJ at (856) 845-2555. We can also be reached in Philadelphia, PA at (215) 563-2150 or by e-mail. Our offices are open weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Weekend and evening appointments may be arranged upon request.