If I am a stepparent, how does the adoption process differ? And also, what if I’m a grandparent?

Stepparents and grandparents caring for a child should seriously consider adoption. Not only does it provide a new legal, permanent connection with the child, it can also encourage emotional bonds and feelings of permanency. The requirements and process of stepchild adoption are simpler than other adoptions because of the birth parent’s consent. And an “ex” is often supportive of the decision because an adoption releases his or her duty of child support.

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