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12055 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98125

(206) 367-1065

Can You Help Me If I Am a Minor?

If you're under 18 and pregnant, you may be very concerned about your future and your ability to raise a child. You may be thinking about adoption, but have many questions and worries.  Some pregnant teens worry how their parents will feel about the pregnancy and about the possible adoption plan, or may not even want their parents to find out. Whether you have the full support of your parents, want to hide your situation from your parents, or are somewhere in between, the Law Office of Joyce S. Schwensen can help you.

Washington Minors and Adoption

If you are a minor who is pregnant, adoption is one of the choices available to you. If adoption is your choice, a Washington adoption lawyer can help you carry it out. Joyce Schwensen has helped many young people find loving parents for their children through adoption, and she can help you. Call the Law Office of Joyce S. Schwensen today at (206) 367-1065 to set up a free consultation.

Joyce Schwensen helps young people who wish to place their child for adoption throughout Washington State, including in Seattle, Vancouver, Spokane and Tacoma.


Minors Making an Adoption Plan

Even though you may not yet be 18 when your child is born, you are still allowed under Washington law to make an adoption plan for your child, whether or not your parents approve of your plan. But the law will protect you by appointing an un-biased adult to talk with you, explain your options, and make sure you understand your adoption decision and are making the decision of your own free will. This adult will not report to your parents or to any possible adoptive family. They will only speak with you and give a report to the court to make sure you are fully protected in making the important decision about adoption.

If you are a minor, we at the Law Office of Joyce S. Schwensen can help you understand your rights and your options, and can make arrangements for you to get the protections that you are legally entitled to. You can also receive financial assistance from the adoptive parents to pay your medical bills and any legal expenses. And you may be able to receive additional financial assistance, with court approval.

Facing pregnancy as a teenager is very difficult, and you deserve help and protection. Call the Law Office of Joyce S. Schwensen today at (206) 367-1065 to set up a free consultation to discuss your situation and the options that are available to you.


Law Office of Joyce S. Schwensen | Washington Adoption Attorney for Minors

Joyce Schwensen, an experienced Washington adoption lawyer, will help you understand all of your legal options, and if you choose adoption she will guide you through the entire legal process, including helping you find appropriate adoptive parents, and asking the court to allow the adoptive parents you choose to give you financial support.

Joyce Schwensen helps minors who are considering placing their children for adoption throughout Washington, including in Seattle, Vancouver, Spokane and Tacoma. Call the Law Office of Joyce S. Schwensen today at (206) 367-1065 to set up a free consultation.

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