Adoption Of Stepchildren

Over 7 million children live in stepfamilies, which comprise about 15 percent of all American children. Given that there are only about 2 million adopted children in the nation, this makes it seem that very few people adopt their stepchildren.

The adoption of stepchildren tends to be more prevalent in families in which the adopter is a stepfather. And children are more content, in most studies, with their biological mother and her partner instead of in a home with a stepmother.

The greatest benefit of adopting your spouse's children is the sense of unity and permanency it gives to a family that may have already experienced a divided household. There are also financial benefits, such as the children will be legally bound to you in the event that something happens to you or your spouse. The child will also get a new birth certificate, which will require the child's permission if he or she is over the age of 10. This can be highly symbolic as well as practical in the long-run.

Some disadvantages of adopting a stepchild may include feelings of guilt or betrayal within the child to his or her noncustodial biological parent. The noncustodial parent would also no longer pay child support and in the event of another divorce the adoptive stepparent would then have to take on that responsibility.

Noncustodial biological parents may also choose to interfere with the adoption, which can bring about rounds of legal sparring and can be an emotionally draining situation for the family.


Step & Relative Adoption; Relative Adoption; Adoptee. Reunion Registry; ... Family controversy over adoption of 20 y/o former foster son. ... 09-22-2004, 12:25 AM Just Julie. Senior Member. Join Date: Jan 2003. Posts: 572 Total ...

Step & Relative Adoption; Relative Adoption; Adoptee ... I have read some of '20 things...' and I admit i can't remember a lot, but i thought it was quite good ... The time now is 10:22 AM. Contact Us - Forum Rules - Acronyms List - Adoption Forums - Top ...

Your nephew is no longer a minor and quite capable of looking after himself. He's considered an adult now so the normal adoption process that would be used for a minor doesn't apply here. However, if there are other factors, and your nephew has no family or has disowned his parents, he is of age ...

http://www.whosarrested.com/nevada/clark-county/charges/speeding-1-10-mph-over-limit/22. ... ... their views being given due weight in accordance with = their age=20 and ... = adoption=20 of children or ... Adoption=20 34. ... in particular those under 14 years = of=20 age.=20 51. http://www ...

22. Future Developments . 1. BROMLEY ADOPTION AGENCY 1.1 The Adoption Agency Regulations ... inter-country and step-parent adoption; the provision of intermediary services including birth record counselling work; adoption support including the

Step & Relative Adoption; Relative Adoption; Adoptee. Reunion Registry; ... Family controversy over adoption of 20 y/o former foster son. ... 09-22-2004, 12:25 AM Just Julie. Senior Member. Join Date: Jan 2003. Posts: 572 Total ...

Visitor Comments (0) - Be the first to comment
Adding your comments contributes to the adoption community. Please keep all comments on topic and civil. Visitors are invited to comment and vote for or flag comments based on appropriateness and helpfulness. All comments must adhere to our commenting rules and are subject to moderation.
advertisement

Parent Profiles

We are a loving medical doctor and lawyer childless couple who want to offer a home full of love, and a life full of opportunity to two children. We are looking forward to get to know you.... [more]

[about us]  [contact us]  [waiting couples near DC]  [all]

Adoption Photo Listing

Mario (FL / 15 / M)
Mario loves to be active and play sports. He plays football any chance he gets and loves spending time playing all sports. Mario would love a family that can support his athletic... [more]

[about me]   [search]   [waiting children in FL]   [all]