Barry believes the process of adopting a child should be a pleasurable experience. That is Barry's starting premise and his ultimate goal when representing clients who seek to adopt.

Adoption creates a legal relationship of parent and child. After the adoption is final, the adoptive parent assumes all of the legal rights and responsibilities for the child that a birth parent would have. The adopted child or children get a new birth certificate showing the adopting parents as the parents of the child.

An adoption proceeding may be instituted in either the Family Court or the Surrogate's Court in the county where the adoptive parent(s) reside. A judge of the Family court or a judge of the Surrogate's court must approve all adoptions by signing an order of adoption. When the judge signs the order of adoption, the relation of parent and child becomes final.

There are four types of adoptions in New York State:

Who May Adopt: