I have been practicing law in Tupelo, Mississippi since 1989. The vast majority of my private practice is adoptions, but I handle some other cases as well.
I’m a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and have handled about 1500 adoptions. Services offered include:
* Agency adoptions
* Private adoptions
* Interstate adoptions
* Obtaining Mississippi Birth Certificates after foreign adoptions
* Birth-parent representation
* Surrogacy cases
I do not have a source of children for you to adopt. For that, I refer you to New Beginnings, an adoption agency here in Tupelo (662-842-6752). I work closely with New Beginnings and handle their adoptions.
FOR ADOPTIVE PARENTS FROM OTHER STATES:
Mississippi law is generally very favorable to adoption. If we obtain signatures from both natural parents, an adoption can be finalized a few days after the child is born. Mississippi Courts have jurisdiction even though the adoptive parents reside in another state. You return home immediately - Interstate Compact (ICPC) does not apply since the adoption is already final.
Even if only one signature is obtained, we can still often give a much better deal to adoptive parents than the standard arrangement. Interstate Compact, termination of the father’s rights and a final decree are all included in the "package deal" price. You save the cost of hiring an attorney to file the adoption in your state. Most adoptive parents are very pleasantly surprised by the cost and how quickly the process goes. You typically only go to Court once - while you are here to get the child*.
New Beginnings’ maternity care center is available if a birth mother needs a place to stay. Services offered include room, board, adult supervision, rides to the doctor and whatever else is needed.
Licensed foster parents are available to care for the baby, should the need arise.
I did a question and answer radio program on adoption. You can listen to the podcast to get some basic information on adoption and hear me wax eloquent. The show is called In Legal Terms, and my program aired January 26, 2015 on Mississippi Public Radio.
Feel free to write, email or call me with questions.
Dan J. Davis
352 North Spring Street
P. O. Box 7262
Tupelo, Mississippi 38802
*We have had two or three cases over the years where, for one reason or another, adoptive parents have had to be here more than once for Court appearances.
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