Over half of the adoptions that take place in the United States each year involve stepparents adopting their stepchildren. This usually helps to provide the channels to strengthen life-long bonds between parent and child.
There are several advantages to step-parent adoption:
Adoption may help nurture the relationship between the step-parent and the child.
Adoption eliminates the birth parent's rights to the adopted child, and the step-parent becomes the legal "parent" and guardian of the child.
The adopted child has the same rights and obligations of a "natural child". For instance, an adopted child would have the right to the step-parent's inheritance just as if he or she were the child's birth parent.
We have put together a complete do-it-yourself kit to help you in your adoption process. With our do-it-yourslef adoption kit you should have no challenge in adopting your stepchild. Our detailed guide covers the step-by step instructions plus the necessary forms to file for adoption without a lawyer.