Questions about Adopting Family Members

Yes, both birthparents must agree to terminate their parental rights for a legal adoption. Even if your brother has full legal custody, the birthmother must terminate her rights. If not, she can reclaim the...
Yes, it is possible to adopt your niece or nephew if both your sister and the baby's father agree to terminate their parental rights and sign designated relinquishments naming you as the parent. You will...
It is hard to say how long it will take to adopt your girlfriend's children. There are several steps you will need to take: 1. You must terminate the rights of the birthfather. You cannot adopt a child who...
Unfortunately, there is no way to do an adoption without cost, unless the child is removed by Child Protective Services and placed for adoption through the foster care system. In addition, you will need the...
What you are describing is called a second parent adoption. It is important that the birthfathers parental rights were legally terminated. Unfortunately, the IAC does not do second parent adoptions. I advise...
First, I am so sorry for your loss. I am assuming the children are not in the United States and are not U.S. citizens. If this is so, this is an international adoption. It is possible to adopt...
Unfortunately, the only way your wife can adopt your son is if his mother agrees to voluntarily terminate her parental rights. If not, you would need to consult with an attorney in your state who can tell you...
It may be possible to adopt your husband's cousin's child from California, but this would be an international adoption even though your husband is a US citizen. Italy has signed the Hague Convention on Child...
There is no prohibition on single men adopting or fostering. In your case, you would need to let the social worker assigned to the case know that you are interested in caring for your niece. In general, the...
I am so sorry to hear that your sister is unhappy with her adoptive parents. It is not possible to adopt your sister unless her adoptive parents agree to terminate their parental rights. I suspect it is...
It sounds like your parents will either be named the guardians or foster parents for your nephew. If he is placed with your parents as a foster child, the state will set up a reunification plan so they can...
The process of adoption for children who are already born takes from six to 18 months. First, the adopting parent(s) must have a home study done that shows that their home is a safe emotional and physical...
Yes, you can adopt your granddaughter if you daughter is willing to have her parental rights terminated. In addition, you will have to terminate the birthfather's rights as well, even if he is denying...
First, I am truly sorry to hear about this situation. Probably this is not an adoption situation. You need to talk to an attorney who specializes in probate law. They can set up documents that would give you...
It is legally possible to adopt your sister, but it would have to be approved by the state as she is in their custody. You should also remember that your sister may or may not want you to adopt her. She may be...

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