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Pro Bono Attorney Helped to Stabilize Military Family with Step-Parent Adoption

June 22, 2015

An Air Force servicemember’s former husband had been incarcerated for several years from a conviction that involved abuse of his children and others.  Fortunately for the children, the servicemember’s current husband had been acting as their father figure and wanted to pursue a step-parent adoption.  The soldier’s husband sought pro bono help with the ABA Military Pro Bono Project which connected him with a pro bono attorney to assist him.  The attorney successfully finalized an adoption which will give the servicemember and her children a stable family unit and allow the current husband to adequately care for the children in case the servicemember is deployed or is otherwise unavailable due to military service.  Click here to read more from the servicemember’s perspective.

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  1. Melissa Meaney permalink
    July 25, 2015 12:42 am

    My husband is in the Navy, we are looking for a pro bono attorney to help him do a step parent adoption to adopt my two sons ages 13 & 15. We live in Temecula Ca. Is there anyone who can help us?

    • July 27, 2015 2:45 pm

      Ms. Meaney,

      The ABA Military Pro Bono Project connects junior-enlisted, active-duty military personnel and their families to civilian attorneys who will provide free representation for civil legal issues beyond the scope of services provided by military legal assistance offices. The Project accepts case referrals only from military legal assistance attorneys (JAGs).

      We encourage active-duty servicemembers to contact their legal assistance attorney and he or she will determine whether they are eligible to be referred to the Project. If so, he or she can make a referral on your behalf on the Project website,

      We also encourage you to visit There you can use (1) the Directory of Programs to find a state-by-state guide of legal resources available to military families and veterans, and (2) the Information Center for information about legal rights and responsibilities.

      I hope this helps.

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