Private Adoptions

Adopting a child is one of the greatest and most emotionally overwhelming experiences a prospective parent endures.  The process that is without fail, a means to a life changing event, can be fought with obstacles, challenges, and legal implications. Ms. Schroeder is steadfast in her commitment to the creation of your family and will work tirelessly to ensure the process is as smooth as possible.

Domestic Parent Adoptions

California law allows domestic partners to file for adoption with the same legal standards as that of a step-parent, which generally allows for a quicker, more stream lined resolution.  In a domestic partner adoption, the adopting parent has the same legal rights to the child as the natural or birth parent.

Contested Adoptions

Panel Appointments

Ms. Schroeder is honored to be an attorney appointed by the adoptions court and hearing officer, Judge Amy Pellman, to represent children, biological parents, and/or prospective adoptive parents in contested matters.


Step-Parent Adoptions

Ms. Schroeder will guide a step-parent through the legal process to adopt the child they love, support, and care for on a day-to-day basis.  With Ms. Schroeder’s experience and skill, the prospective adoptive parent will petition the court to adopt the child.  Once the adoption is final, the step-parent will be the legal parent to the child.

Foster Care

Caregivers or relatives who adopt a child out of the foster care system is both a rewarding, and at times nerve racking experience.  Ms. Schroeder is an expert in foster care and child welfare law. She will guide prospective adoptive parents through the legal process and be readily available to answer questions about court hearings, involvement of the Department of Children and Family Services, and finalization of the adoption.


Ms. Schroeder’s expertise and services in contested adoptions may be privately retained by biological parents, presumed fathers, alleged fathers, fathers who achieve Kelsey S. status, and prospective adoptive parents.

Telephone: (310) 571-8720