Grandchild Adoption

The younger the birth mother, the more compelled her own parents (the child's birth grandparents) may be to raise both the birth mother and her child. Their daughter has every right to choose how she wants to handle an unplanned pregnancy. If she chooses adoption or to try to raise the child herself, there's a good chance that the birth grandparents will end up with custody of the child.

If the birth grandparents decide they want to rear the child themselves, whether from infancy or later in life, the process is generally informal in comparison to stepparent adoption. Sometimes this is called "kinship adoption." This is seen as a favorable alternative by Child Protective Services to placing the child into the foster system. Millions of children, more than those adopted, live with grandparents or relatives. Financial benefits, such as health care, may factor into the decision to bring the child into the parents' legal custody.

The legal process for grandchild adoption requires the parent or parents' rights be terminated. A new birth certificate will be issued with the grandparents' names listed at the child's parents.

Grandchild adoption can be tricky later in life, however, it keeps the child with family and in some ways the grandparents are perceived as the family members on which the family's unity relies as they symbolize tradition and family roots.


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Arvetta - 1 year ago
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my mother adopted my son when he was almost two years old when he was 4yrs old my mom gave him back to me and he has been living with me for almost 3 yrs now what can i do to get custody back of my child #1
Michelle - 1 year ago
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Im looking for my daughter Chloe Higgins born October 3, 2000 in Broward county. Northwest regional hospital. I know she's young right now only 13. I jst want it get this out there just in case she starts looking. Please, Chloe I love you. I know right now your thinking my mom didn't love me and that's far from the truth. I would love to hear from you xxxx and PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL ME IF YOU ARE NOT MY DAUGHTER? ONLY MY DAUGHTER CAN EMAIL ME? Thanks for understanding #2
Sandra - 3 months ago
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We have had legal guardianship of our granddaughter since she was 18 months old she is now 8 her mom hasn't seen her since she was 3 and her dad(our son) hasn't had any contact with her in over 2 yrs. how do we file for legal adoption? What are our rights? We live in Illinois. #3
Velma - 1 year ago
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My granddaughter is 15 I adopted her 5 years ago she wants to live with her Dad I think its a good plan but I want to make sure its legal I live in Michigan His rights was terminated because he was unable to care for himself at the time,The Mom was the reason she got taken away, My sos works hard and has been in my granddaughter since the adoption can you help. #4
Robin - 1 month ago
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Gm! I have 7 children.... That I raised... But I also have a 23 yr old daughter... Who has special needs!! And she has a 4yr. Old son.... Who's just been told that he is.. Artistic.... She loves him... But her and the baby's father... Said they can't take care of him.... There both special..... I need some help..... I want to do what's best for my grandson... I had him with me... Since march of 2014..... #5
dana - 11 months ago
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my nice and nephew was taking by the state my dad had custody and lost it because of his ex wife and her healthy they are now adopted by the people they was with can my dad get the kids back after they have been adopted and they move to florida #6
Michelle - 3 weeks ago
My daughters 3 little girls were taken. No matter what she did it seemed like they were set on taking them away. She did the classes everything they asked. I even tried as there grandmother and was told no. I didn't take long before the were adopted. With in the next month. My question is even though they no adopted can a peternal grandmother still fight to get them back? #7
Debbie - 5 months ago
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Jackie I'm going through the same thing I've had my grandson since he was 8 months old he will be 3 in July it turns out he is Autistic and he considers this his home we want to adapt him to but don't know where to start. #8
Kitty - 7 days ago
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My son was forced to put his daughter up for adoption 18 years ago and I would love to find her. She has an uncle,cousin and half brother in addition to me. Where do I start? #9
Anon - 3 months ago
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My stepson was taken away from my husband and adopted by his grandparents and now they dont want him and they get a check every month for him. What can we do to get custody back and prevent them from still collecting the checks? #10
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