Adoption law is one of the more positive areas of a family law practice. The adoption process can often be time consuming and complicated, so it is important to have an attorney guide you through the process. Whether it is a private adoption, foster-to-adopt process, or step-parent adoption, there are certain steps that need to be taken in order to protect the birth parents, child, and adoptive parents. In the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the biological parents’ rights must be terminated in order for the adoption to take place. Certain steps must be taken before this can happen. Often there has to be an investigation by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services in order to ensure that the new home is suitable for the child. Additionally, the Court may appoint a Guardian Ad Litem (an attorney who represents only the interests of the child) to ensure the child is protected through the adoption process.