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Kirkland Adoption Attorney

At Christina T. Sherman, PLLC, our Kirkland adoption lawyer is dedicated to helping clients form and grow their family. Our entire legal practice is focused on adoption and family formation in Washington State. We have successfully handled hundreds of adoptions. Our team knows that adoption is rewarding and transformative, but also a complex and at times stressful process. You need a knowledgeable, reliable advocate.

Do you have any questions about adoption, family formation, or other related matters? We are here to help. Contact us today for a fully confidential, no obligation consultation with a top-tier Kirkland, WA adoption lawyer. 

Interstate adoption
Bellevue, Washington

We Handle the Full Range of Adoption Cases in Kirkland, Washington 

Christina T. Sherman, PLLC is a boutique law firm that only does adoption law. We are committed to using our deep knowledge, decades of experience, and legal expertise to help our clients achieve their adoption/family formation goals. We are well-positioned to represent parents in Kirkland and throughout King County. Along with other adoption and family formation cases, Kirland attorney Christina T. Sherman has the skills and experience to assist you with: 


  • Newborn Adoption: A newborn adoption occurs shortly after birth. Most often, it is facilitated through an agency or completed through independent arrangement. An advantage is that it allows adoptive parents to form a bond with the child from a very early age. If you have any questions about newborn adoption in Kirkland, please do not hesitate to contact us today. 
  • Interstate Adoption: Some additional complexities arise when you adopt a child who is located outside of the State of Washington. These adoptions are governed by the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC). The law is designed to ensure the safety of kids. Our Kirkland adoption lawyer is ready to help your family with an interstate adoption. 
  • Independent Adoption: Sometimes referred to simply as a “private adoption,” an independent adoption involves a direct arrangement between the birth parent(s) and adoptive parents. It allows for more personal interaction and agreements on the level of openness in the adoption. The assistance of an experienced Kirkland, WA adoption attorney is a must. You do not want any problems to arise during the adoption process. 
  • Surrogacy Agreements: A surrogacy agreement is a legal arrangement where a surrogate agrees to carry and give birth to a child for another person or another couple. Upon the child’s birth, the parental rights are transferred. Our Kirkland family formation lawyer drafts, negotiates, and reviews surrogacy agreements. 
  • Step Parent Adoption: With this type of adoption, a step-parent legally adopts their spouse’s biological or adopted child and, in doing so, gains full parental rights and responsibilities. In Washington, a step-parent adoption is generally easier if it is done with the consent of the child’s other parent (assuming consent is still needed). 
  • Same Sex/Second Parent Adoption: Our Kirkland adoption lawyer helps people with same sex and second parent adoptions. It is a type of adoption that allows a same-sex partner to adopt their partner’s child. When completed, it will ensure that both parents have legal rights to the child. If you have any questions about same sex adoptions or second-parent adoptions in Kirkland, we are here as a legal resource. 
  • Family Adoption: Family or kinship adoption involves a child being adopted by a member of their extended family, such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, or siblings. While these are highly case-specific, family adoption is an approach that is often used to keep the child within their biological family when the parents can no longer care for them. Our Kirkland adoption attorney can help. 
  • Foster Care Adoption: Washington State has a comprehensive foster care system in place. If you are considering adopting a child out of our state’s foster care system, it is crucial that you understand your rights, your responsibilities, and the basic structure of the process. Our Kirkland adoption lawyer can help you navigate foster care adoptions.
  • Donor agreements (Egg/Sperm): Our Kirkland family formation attorney also has extensive experience helping clients navigate donor agreements, including egg donor agreements and sperm donor agreements. These agreements involve a donor providing sperm or eggs to an individual or a couple. In Washington, these types of contract must meet specific standards in order to be legally enforceable.

Kirkland Attorney Christina T. Sherman is Focused On Adoption  

Adoption is complicated. Whether you are preparing to adopt a newborn, negotiating a surrogacy agreement, or navigating any other family formation matter, it is normal to have a ton of questions about the legal process. Our founding attorney Christina T. Sherman has extensive experience. With an exclusive practice on adoption/family formation law, she has been recognized as an Academy Fellow by the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys (AAAA). The AAAA is a professional organization dedicated to promoting ethical practices in adoption and assisted reproduction law. We are proud to provide personalized support to parents. Our adoption success stories and client reviews can tell you more about our services. When you reach out to our Kirkland office, you will have  a chance to consult with a Kirkland adoption attorney who can:

  • Listen to your story, help you clarify goals, and answer questions about adoption law; 
  • Help you gather, organize, and prepare all of the required supporting documentation; 
  • Handle all of the adoption paperwork, ensuring that you have everything in order; and
  • Develop a comprehensive strategy focused on helping you form/grow your family.
Christina Sherman

Contact Our Kirkland, WA Adoption Lawyer Today

At Christina T. Sherman, PLLC, we are proud to be the premier law firm for family formation and family expansion. If you have any questions or concerns about the adoption process, our Kirkland adoption attorney is here to help. We believe in personalized representation. Call us now or contact us online for a completely confidential initial appointment. Our firm handles the full range of adoption cases in Kirkland, King County, and throughout the surrounding region in Washington. 

Your family is important to us. Contact us today.

We understand that the adoption process may seem overwhelming, and we are dedicated to getting answers to whatever questions you may have.

We serve clients throughout Tacoma, Pierce County, King County, Thurston County, Kitsap County, and the Western Washington area.

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