Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Our legally adopted daughter has siblings in foster care & adopted into other families. other families are suing for visitation

Q:  Our adoption was finalized 12-18-13. Child has lived with us through foster care since birth. Never lived with older siblings. Our daughter doesn't want to continue visitations. She doesn't like or dislike birth siblings but has no real connection with them. We have 6 bio sons our daughter is close to. We are fostering and nearing termination of our adopted daughters younger sister. She also came to us at birth. DSS att swore he spoke to all children (7) and all want to keep visitation going/increased. Our girls were never spoken to, youngest can't even talk yet. When we do go to visits our girls don't like going and our adopted daughter has to be bribed to go. We want to know our rights and if fighting this will affect our upcoming adoption.

A:  David's Answer:  Is the foster care agency handling the adoption proceeding for you? If yes, then you may need to retain your own attorney, if your plan is to not cooperate with their plan for you & the kids. You're best advised to schedule a consult with a Family Law attorney in your area.   -- David Bliven, Westchester Family Law attorney (

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