Adoption is a way to provide a new family for a child or children who cannot be raised by their birth parents or within their birth family.

The granting of an adoption order transfers all legal responsibility and rights to the adoptive parent(s). Adoption is a lifelong commitment to the child or children who become a full member of the adoptive family.

Biological and adoptive parents may need representation during the adoption process. We represent anyone interested in adoption, including the biological parents, heterosexual or same sex couples that want to adopt, or single individuals.

Types of Adoption in Minnesota

There are many different types of adoption, which carry different complexities:

  • Direct Placement Adoptions. Occurs when the birth mother/parents choose the adoptive parent(s) and the child is placed directly with the adoptive parent(s). This is also known as an independent or private adoption.
  • Agency Adoptions. Attorneys in Minnesota are prohibited from matching children with adoptive families. Children are matched with a family through a state-licensed adoption agencies.
  • Relative Adoptions. Occurs when a child is adopted by a member of the family on either the maternal or paternal side.
  • Step Parent Adoptions. Occurs when a step parent adopts a child of his or her current spouse.
  • Adult Adoptions. Occurs when an adult is adopted by another adult to create a parent/child relationship.
  • Contested Adoptions. Occurs when another person is objecting to the adoption altogether or contesting the adoption by certain individuals.
  • Interstate Adoptions. Occurs when the child is born in one state but will be traveling to another state where the adoptive couple resides.

Contact Experienced Minneapolis Adoption Attorneys

Adoption proceedings are often complex, with strict regulations that govern the proceedings. If you are considering adoption, please contact Heimerl & Lammers to help you throughout the process and ensure your rights are protected.

Our Family Law Attorneys

The family law attorneys at Heimerl & Lammers have strong roots in the Minneapolis / St. Paul community and are dedicated to helping you with all of your family law needs. Meet our family law attorneys:

All of our attorneys are familiar with resources and programs available to families in the Twin Cities. The majority of their time is spent handling cases in all areas of family law, from divorce, to custody, to wills and trusts.

Our Commitment to Service 

Our commitment to you includes:

  • Promptly addressing your needs. Our attorneys and staff will make sure that your concerns are addressed as soon as possible.  We know that legal issues can be stressful and anxiety producing.  We will do our best to work on your behalf towards a solution.
  • Responding to your inquiries. Whether by phone, email, text, fax or mail, our team will be available to answer your questions ASAP.
  • Being available to meet you in person. If you want to speak to your lawyer face-to-face, we have several Twin Cities office locations convenient for you.
  • Obtaining results.  We aren’t here just to bill hours or cause unneeded disputes.  We are here to serve you to get results. At all times we use our expertise and creativity to get the absolute best resolution to your legal issues.

We Can Help 

You are not alone.

The attorneys and staff at our firm take the time to actually listen to our clients. We will carefully explain the process you are facing and guide you through it while looking out for your best interests. We know that each client’s individual situation is unique and important to them. Therefore, we won’t treat your representation with the “cookie-cutter” approach other law firms seem to take.

If you need to speak with an attorney in Minnesota, contact us today. We can assist with a wide array of issues, including family law, personal injury, workers’ comp, employment law, wills and trusts, and estate planning.


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