My sister-in-law wants to give her baby to us. What are the first steps to take?

The first step in any adoption is a home study of the adoptive family. The home study is done by a social worker who determines if the home is a safe physical and psychological environment for a child. A criminal background check is also required.

The next step is to legally terminate the birthparents rights. Finally, there is post-placement supervision after the placement by either the state or an adoption agency before the adoption is finalized.

You can either work with an adoption agency or an adoption attorney to do an adoption.