The titled case determined that the plain meaning of section 63-9-60 of the South Carolina Code of Laws, as amended, affords standing to foster parents if they are South Carolina residents.

I have linked to the titled case, and a case referred to as Youngblood to help the reader understanding standing and also to understand

Even the simplest of adoptions require a person to have the knowledge of the processes and procedures needed to terminate the rights of the parent or parents and then establish the rights of the adoptive parent or parents. Each adoption process has many steps involved. I am often asked whether it is possible to do

Artificial Insemination is mentioned one time in the South Carolina adoption statutes under the Responsible Father Registry statute.  The implication is that a father who consents to artificial insemination continues to have rights to the child and may preserve those rights by filing with the Responsible Father Registry. Section 63-9-820(L) of the South Carolina

“Withdrawal of any consent and relinquishment is not permitted except by order of the court after notice and opportunity to be heard is given to all persons concerned, and except when the court finds that the withdrawal is in the best interest of the child and that the consent or relinquishment was not given voluntarily

I place this checklist in all my adoption files.

This Adoption is:

Step-parent adoption or adoption related by blood or marriage

Non-relative adoption

The following documents have been filed with the Clerk of Court:

Summons

Complaint

Order appointing GAL

Proper service of Order appointing GAL on the GAL

Answer of GAL

Proof of

In South Carolina, all adoptions of minors require a guardian ad litem to be appointed to represent the interest of the minor. In Horry County, the guardian ad litem is an Attorney.

The purpose of the guardian ad litem is to perform an investigation to determine if the adoption is in the best interest of

A Consent and Relinquishment is invalid if the attorney-witness fails to be present when the birth mother (or father) signed the document and both witnesses failed to observe the statutorily-required discussion of the provisions of the Consent and Relinquishment.

Practice Point: Make sure both witnesses are in the room with the birth mother or father