Adoption

Amanda Thornton Attorney at Law helps create loving families through adoption in Middle Tennessee including the greater Nashville area and beyond. Whether you are an expectant mother wishing to learn more about the option of making an adoption plan for your child, or a couple or individual wishing to adopt, Ms. Thornton is eager to offer her services in helping you in that decision making process.

Adoptive Parents

If you are a prospective adoptive parent, Attorney Amanda Thornton can help you create a family through adoption.  No matter how far along you are in the adoptive process, whether you are just seeking information as an alternative to ongoing or unsuccessful infertility treatments, have been frustrated by other adoption efforts, or have already identified a birth mother willing to make an adoption plan, Ms. Thornton will provide you with professional, ethical, responsive, compassionate, and caring services and solutions.

Birth Mothers Considering Adoption

Few moments in life are more difficult and confusing than suddenly finding yourself unexpectedly pregnant.  Many women who find themselves in this position frequently do not know all the options available to them.  Although every mother wishes to parent the child, her present circumstances may make doing so very difficult.  Most parents will admit that being a parent is much more difficult than they ever imagined, even for those who have high incomes, extensive educations, and a parent who can afford to stay at home with the child.  Raising children is very expensive, too.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that a child born in 2012 will cost up to $500,000 to raise just to age 17, before college, and not including any extraordinary expenses like private school or unforeseen medical expenses.  In short, raising children is an incredible responsibility that isn’t for everyone at every stage of life.

Adoption provides a wonderful solution for the right mother who simply is not ready to take on parenthood.  A birth mother can feel good about her decision to place the best interest of the child above her own; adoptive parents, unable to conceive children biologically, are able to offer both love and a secure, happy home to the child they adopt; and the child receives the benefit of loving parents and good home.

Many birth mothers are surprised to learn some of the details about the adoption process, such as the home-study process adoptive parents must go through, and that adoptive parents, if she proceeds with an adoption, can pay for counseling to help her come to peace with her decision and reasonable and actual expenses for housing, food, clothing, utilities, and transportation for a certain period prior to and after the birth of the child.  Of course, adoptive families pay the birth mother’s medical expenses, to the extent she does not have insurance or Medicaid, and her legal expenses.

Attorney Amanda Thornton has experience in the adoption process whether you are a birth mother or prospective adoptive parent(s). She will make what may seem complicated and tedious a simple and smooth of an undertaking as possible while adhering to a value focused approach to the process.

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