Our passion is to offer hope to adoptive couples, birth mothers and parents who are seeking to better a child’s life.
FAMILYBUILDING is a free resource for birth mothers who are seeking knowledgeable, caring information about private adoption and agency adoption. This PLC offers comprehensive legal guidance to adoptive couples, a step parent or a relative seeking to adopt, a foster parent, and to anyone who is concerned about the well being of children in need.
We are skilled, experienced and focused on helping children find stability through independent adoption, foster care, guardianship and any other legal means available. We treat adoptive parents and birth parents with the highest levels of sensitivity and provide them with insightful guidance that comes from years of practice and personal life experiences with taking in children in need.
FAMILYBUILDING is an outgrowth of a commitment to helping children find stable homes that has served as a guiding light for Mr. Youmans’ entire legal career. In 1987, when he was still a law clerk, he saw the great need among children to have a home and life that offered a promise of stability and the hope of a healthy, happy future. He made a decision to devote his professional life to doing all he could to help those children find that life.
A Sacrifice Out of Love and Courage
Birth mothers who choose to place their child with another family, make that sacrifice out of love and courage. We call them “heroes” and the child is raised in a home that honors the birth parents for that “parenting” choice.
We help adoptive couples understand how adoption works. Once they embrace the spirit of adoption, and the myths and fears about adoption can be cleared away, they move into the process with a clear vision, open arms and full hearts for birth mothers, birth fathers and children who need a new generational trajectory.
Mr. Youmans is a Fellow in the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and The Academy of California Adoption Attorneys. He has earned an AV-rating* in a peer-reviewed rating process. He regularly lectures on adoption law and his casework has influenced adoption law in California.
Embracing the Spirit of Adoption
*CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards, and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories — legal ability and general ethical standards.
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