Or perhaps you want to adopt a grandchild, niece, nephew or cousin?
Relative adoptions are the most common type of adoptions. They are also the most likely type of adoption that can become contested litigation, so it is important that a relative adoption be carefully evaluated before proceeding. If there are no objections, relative adoptions can be processed in a matter of weeks.
A home study is usually not required in a relative adoption, but an investigation, including a background check of the non-biological parent, is often necessary.
Notice to Birth Parents
A birth parent, even if the parent is not listed on the child's birth certificate, is entitled to be notified of the adoption, The birth parent's consent to the adoption may be required.
The child's name can be changed and a new birth certificate issued when the adoption is complete.
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