Creating a Legal Family Through Stepparent Adoption


The formation of a legal family is the biggest benefit of stepparent adoption. If your family is thinking about pursuing a stepparent adoption, this tip sheet provides helpful information that explains the steps for stepfamily adoption, such as contacting an attorney and an adoption agency, terminating birth parent rights, and petitioning the court. Also discussed are the benefits of stepparent adoption and questions to help guide a family discussion on whether stepparent adoption is right for your family.


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Author: Coalition for Children, Youth & Families
Additional Author: Foster Care & Adoption Resource Center
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