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Adopting a Family Member

Even family members must go through the adoption process

The adoption process is complicated enough when trying to adopt a child from an unknown mother or couple, but when that child is actually a part of one’s extended family, the adoption process becomes a little more personal and awkward. One set of parents may have to give up legal rights to the child or the child may not even be a citizen of the same country. Regardless, the adoption of a child relative is not always easy.

The Adoption Process

Qualifications for Adoption

To adopt any child, there is the issue of adoption qualifications. Depending on the type of adoption, the requirements can be different, but this remains the same: The adopting parent must have a good background and a sizeable home to house the child being adopted. If those and other requirements are not met, then the child may be taken to the nearest relative who does meet those standards.

A Stable Home

There are no requirements that the adopting person must me married. Single persons are also considered as adoptive parents. The background checks agencies usually focus on are mainly about criminal history and a stable home life. Adoption agencies want to be certain that the adopting parent is financially stable enough to take care themselves, their pre-existing family, and the adopted child.

Getting Parental Rights

Another roadblock in the adoption process would be the releasing of parental rights. If one or both of the child’s biological parents refuse to transfer their legal rights to the child to the foster parent, then the issue of adoption may have to be settled in court. In these cases, a child custody attorney can help smooth out complications due to custody rights issues and can offer advice on how to proceed.

Solving Custody Issues

Adopting someone who is already a family member can raise many issues, the most prevalent being the transfer of parental rights of the child to the other relative. If the parents refuse because they don’t like the relative, then the matter will go to court, or the adoption process be terminated. But if parental rights are waived, then the adoption process can proceed as long as the adopting parent meets the requirements and is able to care for the child.