The pathways to adoption are varied. The adoptive child may be a relative, a foster child, or a stranger; he or she may have been born around the corner or on the other side of the world. The adoptive parent(s) may already know the adoptive child or may be meeting their child for the very first time. The child welfare agency may be local or international. One common element? Unless the biological parent is deceased, there must be a court order terminating the parental rights of the biological parent(s) in order for a child to be eligible for adoption. Termination of parental rights proceedings (TPR) may be voluntary or involuntary, and may be brought by a private party or the state, depending upon the circumstances. Adults can be adopted too! In the case of an adult adoption, no TPR is required. Adoption can be a wonderful way to form or add to your family. Happy Mother’s Day from Pruitt Law Offices S.C., where we have both personal and professional experience with adoption. To schedule a free consultation, contact Pruitt Law Offices S.C. at 262-633-8301, at, or visit us at 731 Main Street in Racine. We are your partners for professional service.