It is common for a step-parent, immediate family member or close relative to wish to adopt a child or children for any number of reasons. A step-parent or relative adoption safeguards that the child will be loved and cared for, ensuring financial support, the right to inherit, insurance benefits, and, most importantly, a devoted family unit. 

A step-parent or relative adoption will result in the termination of parental rights for the child’s biological parent. This requires having a knowledgeable attorney who will represent your interests by either securing the birth parent’s consent or involuntary termination. If you are considering embarking on the step-parent or relative adoption process, you need to make sure you are working with an experienced and compassionate attorney who will empathetically listen and advocate for a successful resolution – a new addition to your family.