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There are many circumstances that could warrant a relative adoption, including the death of the child’s parents, incarceration, or removal of the child by social services. Whatever the case may be, the lawyers at Corrado Law Group, PCwill be there to help educate you about the process every step of the way. We are proud to have helped numerous families stay together through the process of relative adoption.
What Is a Relative Adoption?
Relative adoption happens when a child is adopted by an immediate relative, such as a grandparent, sibling, aunt, or uncle. If the child has lived with the family for 1 year, then this process is called a kinship adoption. If the child is 14 years or older, then he/she must consent to this adoption. Consent is not required for children under the age of 14.
Adopting a relative means you will assume all responsibilities associated with raising the child.
How to Adopt a Family Member
The first step to consider before adopting a family member is to ensure you can care for another child. Many placements with relatives are a result of mistreatment or lack of care by the child’s parents. There may have been neglect or abuse involved, and this child may have mental and emotional issues. Consider the effects all this would have on your current family dynamic.
The next step is to determine you understand your rights and state laws associated with relative adoptions. It would be advisable to consult with an experienced attorney at this time. Federal law requires agencies to make reasonable efforts to keep siblings together in one home.
The process of relative adoption is like the process of direct adoption from both the birth mother’s and the prospective adoptive parent’s point of view; however, they differ legally. As both parties in a relative adoption know one another, they can use the same lawyer to represent them. The process of relative adoption is as follows:
- Court conducts a home study and preplacement assessment (an adoption agency may also be suitable)
- Family history of the birth parent will be shared with the adoptive parents (includes medical records)
- Birth family’s history and additional paperwork will be prepared and provided to the court
- A hospital plan for the birth mother and prospective adoptive parents will be completed and sent to the hospital (this may include the birth mother’s preferences regarding delivery)
- After the child is born and the mother has regained her strength, papers will be signed to allow the discharge of the infant to the prospective adoptive parents and grant them authority to care for the child
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