Adoption is defined as a procedure that establishes a parent-child relationship between a child and adopting parents. In
So, who may be adopted? Here, any child who is living in
1. The child’s parents are no longer living and/or the parent-child relationship between the child and each living parent has been terminated;
2. a stepparent is petitioning to adopt their spouse’s child/children and the parent-child relationship between the child’s other parent has been terminated;
3. the former stepparent of a child who is at least two years old has been caring for the child for six months, the parent/child relationship has been terminated with respect to one parent, and the other parent consents to the adoption; or
4. the person seeking the adoption of a child who is at least two years old is the child’s former stepparent, the parent/child relationship has been terminated with respect to one parent, and the former stepparent has been caring for the child for at least one year preceding the adoption.
In general, a child who is to be adopted must have been living with the person who is petitioning for at least six months before the adoption is legally granted. While this six month “trial” period is technically required,
In all honesty, adopting a child can be a difficult process. Unfortunately, many potential adoptive parents are frightened or intimidated by the amount of time and attention to detail that is necessary to adopt a child.