How to Adopt Your Step-child?

Updated at: Feb 06, 2013
How to Adopt Your Step-child?
Dr Poonam Sachdev
Tips for ParentWritten by: Dr Poonam SachdevPublished at: Jul 29, 2011

Are you considering adopting your step-child? Do you know it can be easier than a regular adoption?  Before you consider this, there are certain things you need to think about.

  • Determine if your step-child is comfortable and wants to be adopted by you; it is possible for the child to feel strongly about his biological parent and he may not want to be adopted.
  • Determine if your spouse thinks it is right.
  • Consider if the parent you would be replacing would be willing to consent to adoption. Without the consent of the biological parent you cannot adopt unless he/she has abandoned the child.
  • Consult a lawyer/social worker to know the procedure for adoption in your area.
  • Adoption by a step-parent is an easier process, as the waiting period, your eligibility for adoption and further investigations aren’t as strenuous.
  • Decide if you want to change the child's last name after the adoption; determine if the child and your spouse are comfortable with it.
  • Consider counseling after adoption as this may help the child to deal with his or her feelings about the adoption and the other biological parent.
  • You should understand and realize the legal implications of adoption, as this will give the child all the rights of a biological child; you will be responsible for supporting the child and he/she will be entitled to inherit from you when you die.



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