Adoption Legal Services of Oklahoma

Adoption Legal Services of Oklahoma We believe that God has chosen a family for every child. Our goal is to arrange the meeting for them As a result, we carry our own experience into our services.

Own family is one that has been impacted very positively with adoption. We can help you maneuver the joys and anxieties throughout the process.

Happy Mother Day to all the moms. We raise you up and honor you today in all your sacrifices and pushing through the pai...

Happy Mother Day to all the moms. We raise you up and honor you today in all your sacrifices and pushing through the pain of all you do to aid in, save, raise up and support a healthy family.

Whether you are a Birthmom, who chose to make the sacrifices of the heart to give life in a different way to your child or if you are an adoptive mom, guardian, god mother, or Foster mom who chose to raise up a child as your own to give life in a different way or to the woman who raises up the child she carried. You are unique in Motherhood, you each are celebrated and loved, you are each proverb 31 woman. You each have qualities that God uses to make a human being the person he or she is to be.

Here at Adoption Legal Services we raise up all the mothers today.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Our greatest joy has been Kiersten. Kiersten on the left at 2 years old and in the middle at 6 and now 12 eating ice cre...

Our greatest joy has been Kiersten. Kiersten on the left at 2 years old and in the middle at 6 and now 12 eating ice cream and sharing her love for animals and her own story. Adoption is a process that is not fast, not slow, not easy, not hard, it isn’t for the faint of heart or those needing a bandaid it’s a journey of loving a person you may not know, where they will come from or when they will get to where you are to see them face to face. It is a moment of working in unity with a lawyer, agency, birth families, DHS and advocates, judges and other staff. It’s a process that is like giving birth in a new way.

Adoption is a Redemption Journey for someone whom you maybe have not meet, have not carried yet, but will call you mommy or daddy someday and/or be a redemption story for a child who feels all alone and is praying for a mommy and/or daddy, someone to love and love them back and give the gift of a secure forever home.

With Covid-19 widely sweeping nations and shutting things down don’t be afraid to continue your journey contact us today and we will get you started towards building your own journey for adoption.

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Sometimes in this life we need a reminder of why we do what we do. We forget we are called and equipped to do the work of Jesus hands and feet and today was one of those days. Really to be honest for the past several weeks maybe even longer I have been struggling sitting at my desk to do the work that has been given to me. Over whelmed and just over done with so many things I cannot change I have stepped away from the calling and looked to the past that turns me into a pillar of salt getting distracted by my feelings or circumstances around me. Things like COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the flu epidemic, allergies this time of year here in Oklahoma and how it intensifies COVID-19 and affects our goddaughter with asthma and how is it affecting our young, our widowed and our future plans to turn Adoption Legal Services and Charles L Watts PLLC in to adoption agency or how is it affecting our ability to host exchange student or see them and their families in their home countries. Ugh the list of distractions go on and on, but then reality spins back a round and I am reminded that we are no longer orphans we are sons and daughters. We are adopted and he calls us worthy and wanted. We are given authority to reign like kings and queens over our feelings and circumstances and given the authority. We are Renamed Adopted In. This song broke my chains stopping me in my tracks and reminded me that this maybe bigger than Charles and I know and can fathom, but we are called and equipped in Jesus name every moment of every day and so are each of you out there in this world of great uncertainty. We are each more than the problems we create. We are not fatherless or motherless we are chosen and Renamed Adopted In. As parents of a 12 year old girl Charles as I understand the stress, frustrations and unknowns we are all facing in our world today. As god parents to a beautiful 5 year old baby girl and to many of have called us Momma G and Papa Charles we understand that our world is not the same today as it was thirty days ago for our children, for our futures and for all of your endeavors.

However there is the ability to be hope givers even in times like these. Charles Watts and I (Gina Watts) want to know how we can pray for you and your families in this time of quarantine, controversy, economic uncertainty and trying times for us all.

I truly pray that this song helps to ground each of you and give you hope for a future and peace that Gods plan, though unknown to us, is bigger than our plans and that God is working for our good. I pray he is protecting each of you with a hedge of health, fortitude, strength, patience, wisdom, and all you need during this time. In Jesus name Amen

Royalty (lyrics) ~ Francesca Battistelli
Royalty (lyrics) ~ Francesca Battistelli

Royalty (lyrics) ~ Francesca Battistelli

This lyric video was made for the new song, “Royalty”, by Francesca Battistelli. The lyrics describe the way we are transformed from “rejected, forgotten vic...


We understand that just because the world seems to stop with the "social distancing", "Stay at home" , "avoid big groups" , etc... does not equal life stops. Life (especially=Family issues like adoptions or guardianships) still comes and sometimes when things like this happen it comes even faster. We are here to help you with those legal issues that you may face. We also are set up to do live remote meetings with you so that you do not have to leave the convenience or your work, home, or place of refuge. Just send us a message and let us know.


Please take the time to read this article. It is a great way to educate your child about adoption. My wife and I used dolls, as well as when our daughter was a little older, we adopted a puppy and then used that discussion to reinforce previous discussions.

Let's Play Adoption
by Susan Tompkins (Adoptive Families)

Playing adoption — whether with dolls or LEGOs — can be a great way to help your child explore feelings about the way he joined your family.

I smiled and listened closely as I overheard my daughter, Lillianna, and her friend, Rachael, playing with their dolls the other day. Lilli said, “Let’s play orphanage.”

There was no hesitation. Rachael picked up the theme in a heartbeat and said, “I’ll be a mom coming to take my baby home.” And thus began an hour of play between these two adopted seven-year-olds and their dolls.

We adoptive parents have made it a practice to talk to our children about their adoption story. We retell it, discuss it from time to time, and add facts and information when it seems appropriate. There may also be times when it does not seem right to talk or encourage our children to talk about adoption, as well as times when the pressures of parenting cause us to forget about keeping up the discussion.

We find that younger children ask questions about their adoption story. As they grow older, we know they continue to think about adoption-related issues. But, ironically, as their thinking becomes more concrete, they tend to ask fewer questions and engage less in discussion about adoption.

But, as Lillianna and Rachael teach us, there is another way for adopted children to work out their feelings about adoption, and that is through play. Playing is comfortable, natural, and more fun than talking. And, lucky and fun for us, we can be a big part of it.

Barbie’s Home Study
This realization came to me one day when Lilli asked me to play Barbie with her. I had never been a big fan of Barbie and her friends (although I would have to concede that they now come in plenty of great colors). On this day, I decided to put my own agenda into the mix to make it interesting for me.

Accordingly, I suggested to Lilli that Barbie and Ken wanted to adopt a baby from China. Usually Lilli doesn’t care for my imposing on her fantasies of dress-up, princesses, and the like. However, on that day she took my suggestion.

We played for quite awhile. Lilli took the lead in the dialogue between Barbie and Ken about adoption. I proposed that the social worker come to Ken and Barbie’s house for a home study so we could be sure that they were suitable parents. (I played the social worker.)

Barbie and Ken did quite well in the interview and seemed to have a perfect marriage. Barbie and Ken then flew to China in the pink Corvette convertible that is fashionable among Barbies. They, of course, went to an orphanage and came home with a beautiful baby.

So when I heard Lilli say to Rachael, “Let’s play orphanage,” it was music to my ears. Hearing her suggest this on her own meant that my daughter was comfortable enough to share her feelings and beliefs about adoption with her friend. It probably helped that her friend had a similar adoption story. The playing gave Lilli and Rachael another way to work out their feelings.
It has helped Lilli to understand and accept her past. Playing adoption gives me a gentle and effective way to provide my daughter with more information. Lilli now knows that families have to pass a social worker’s scrutiny to adopt. Later, I can add more bits about the adoption process and her own story, if I choose to and if she’s interested.

Many Ways to Play
I like everything about playing adoption. It is a positive way for my daughter to explore and become more comfortable about her own beginnings. You can play about adoption in general, or you can go deeper into the child’s own adoption story.

You can also probe feelings if it seems right. You can explore how it must have felt (fear of being in a new place, abandonment, coming to an adoptive family), and how it feels now. There are many levels to the play. You and your child can decide what is most comfortable. When you ask questions or suggest scenarios, the child can go with it, if she wishes. If she feels threatened by the direction the play is taking, she can say nothing, end the play, or change the story line. You’ll know what is working when you see it.

Not for Girls Only
Dolls are a perfect venue for playing out scenarios. So, what about children who don’t gravitate toward dolls? I decided to try other strategies with Tino, my son, who is eleven and does not care to discuss his adoption story very much.

LEGOs are my son’s “thing.” He plays out stories constantly with them as he builds and rebuilds. Star Wars, rescue missions, World War II battles, and current events are his realms. I entered this world one evening by asking, “Can I play LEGOs with you?” He was surprised, since I do not venture into this arena often.

“What would you want to play?” he asked.

“I was thinking of building your orphanage,” I replied. A barrage of questions ensued. How many stories would it have, did we have any baby LEGO people, would it have a roof, and what about a crib? Tino was delighted to play this with me.

Our play was part reality, as I recounted details of the day I met him, and part fantasy, as we played out a rescue mission with a LEGO car that turned into an airplane. Tino had built it specially for this event. During our time together, he learned details of his own story that I had never told him. These were minor things, but every one became important to him. At the end of our play, Tino said, “I’m just so happy I got to come home to this family.”

Our children need to accept the past so they can grow and become emotionally healthy adults. Playing adoption with them can help get them there.

Play by the Rules
-Do not be afraid to bring up adoption in the context of play. It can help children process their feelings, get comfortable talking, and bring you closer to them as you share this fun and private time.
-If your child has not wanted to discuss adoption in the past, playing might be the way to get him or her to open up. Play also encourages creativity, helps develop a sense of trust and reduces anxiety. Play can set up a healing stage where your child's buried feelings of sadness or anger can be expressed, explored, and explained.
-Stop the play and/or consult a professional if your child exhibits excessive anger, worry, sadness, fears, aggressive behavior, or new separation anxiety.

Common Questions
Here are some questions that might come up during play scenarios that involve adoption or different types of families, along with suggested responses:
-"Why wasn't I born in your tummy?"
-"Your dad and I couldn't make a baby but we wanted a baby to love and take care of very much. You were born from your birth mother's tummy, and then Daddy and I adopted you. I wish you'd been born in my tummy, too."

-"Why did you adopt me?"
-"We wanted a child to love and take care of."

-"Why didn't my first mother keep me?"
-"Sometimes a man and a woman give birth to a baby, but they can't take care of any child right then. It's not because of anything about the child. It's for grown-up reasons. So they find another family who can take care of the child."

-"What does my first mother look like?"
-"You are wondering what your birth mother looks like." If you know what she looks like, describe her after you've acknowledged the question. If you don't know, you might say something like, "She must be very beautiful if she looks like you." Together, imagine what she might look like, or invite your child to draw a picture.

Say It Simply
-"Every baby is born to a man and a woman." (A key concept for three- to five-year-olds to understand.)
-"Families form in two ways: Babies can live with the family they were born in, or they can live with the family that adopts them."
-"Sometimes a woman can't grow a baby, so she adopts a baby."
-"Sometimes a mom and dad can't take care of a baby who is born to them, so they find another family to raise their child."
-"Sometimes families adopt children from far away."

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Today we, Charles Watts and I, were going through a box of old keepsake items and found what would be the beginnings of our adoption story.

Oh how the feelings are still mildly there so many years later. We realized that some of our most prized moments in our life journey in becoming parents may just be ruined.

Yes it’s just paper, but the emotions, the excitement and the heartache of what we realized we had to do to become parents are all mixed up in this red folder of wet paper.

This is just the beginning of what it takes sometimes to become parents when in a world where infertility and complications seem to be the road block.

One year almost to the day of us filling and publishing our profile with an agency Charles Watts and I were chosen by a birth mother to be her child’s parents. Our daughter is now 11 years old. What a journey this has been. We here at Adoption Legal Services of Oklahoma want you all to know that you are not alone in you walk to becoming parents and we would be honored to join you on your quest.

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