Missouri adoptions do not have to be complicated or scary. If you’re going to adopt a child, you’re going to need an experienced adoption attorney and if you live in Mid-Missouri that means you need Tana Benner of the family law firm Columbia Family Law Group, formerly known as Knight & Salladay.
Tana, a University of Missouri at Columbia law school graduate, has extensive experience representing and guiding both adoptive parents and birth parents. She brings an authentic compassion for the adoptive process tempered by the realities that years of dealing with public and private agencies and the legal system have taught her.
She is the resource that can make sense of this process and alleviate any fear you may have that the adoption will not conclude successfully because of some action or lack of action on your part.
What you can expect when you work with Tana:
- If you are just considering adoption. While the idea of adding a child to a family through adoption is beautiful, it’s vitally important that prospective adoptive parents are fully aware of the challenges they may face. Tana will walk you through the process and provide you with the information you need to make informed decisions. This includes basics like are you ready for adoption? Do you have the support systems of family and friends? Do you have the financial wherewithal to complete an adoption and then support the child? Are you aware of the emotional issues that are likely to arise? Various types of adoptions will be explained as well as the services and resources that Tana can provide to support you throughout the process.
- If you have an issue with an adoption agency. Before signing any agreement with a private or public agency you want to be certain you understand the terms. Tana can provide you, in non-technical terms, of the pros and cons are of the contract you are considering. If you’ve already signed an agreement and an issue has arisen, Tana can represent your best interests and negotiate a resolution that will be acceptable to both parties. Don’t panic. Get professional help.
- If you are a birth parent. This is an emotional time for you as well. Your rights and wishes deserve to be protected and Tana can ensure those rights are respected. Before you sign a consent or release of parental rights make certain you fully understand what it means. Tana can assist you with any concerns you have.
When you work with Tana you’re not getting an attorney who deals in real estate transactions or an attorney who deals in business agreements. You’re getting a caring, experienced adoption attorney who understands your position and has the ability and skill to guide you through what can be a difficult time with one objective in mind- creating a new family in a manner that is in the best interest of the child.
Why not contact Tana for a confidential consultation today through the website or by calling 573-303-5530. Whether you use our adoption services or not we highly encourage you to speak to a qualified attorney for information or assistance with your adoption concerns.
Amy Salladay, Tana Benner, and Myia McKenna, who form the family law team at Columbia Family Law Group, formerly known as Knight & Salladay, handle everything from complex adoptions to high-end divorce cases. Please contact our firm if you wish to obtain more information about how we may be able to assist you.