You love your stepchildren and want to be able to provide them with the benefits that will come with being legally bound as a family. Though you didn’t contribute to their biology, you are dedicated to supporting and parenting them through all the ups and downs of life. You’re ready to adopt them, but you’re just not sure how.
This slideshow guide will help you understand the process of stepchild adoption. Read on!
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In other scenarios, the court may determine the parent has demonstrated a lack of willingness or ability to act as the child’s legal parent, and will terminate their rights as consequence.
In either scenario, your attorney will be able to help you determine the appropriate course of action necessary in filing a motion to terminate parental rights.
Remember to keep a copy of the original birth certificate. Without that original document, it can be difficult to complete some of the legal application processes.
Reach out to friends and family for support, especially those who you know have been through the process, or have experience with stepfamily matters or adoption.
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AUTHOR / Mandee Grant
Mandee Grant was born and raised in southern California. She has spent over a decade in the private sector helping clients be successful and productive, and has recently turned her focus to helping women and families involved in adoption. She is a birth, step, and biological mother, a contributor to Adoption.com, and a giver of free advice to anyone who wants to read or listen. Mandee lives in Utah with her husband and five children. Read about her life in 'Happy Valley' at mandeegrant.com