Stepparent and family adoptions are growing portions of all adoptions due to the increase in the number of children in second marriages or who are being cared for by a grandparent or other relative. Adoption allows stepparents and relatives to secure legal recognition of a role they may have been fulfilling for some time.
Many stepparents develop incredibly strong ties with their stepchildren. The thought of adopting their stepchildren may never occur to them. But what if something were to occur to your stepchild's biological parent? Would you be prepared to relinquish your stepchild to his or her other biological parent? If you have not adopted your stepchild by that point, it may be too late. If the biological parent decides to assert their rights, you may have no recourse. This makes it very important to begin looking into adoption now.
This situation also applies to a number of grandparents who are caring for their grandchildren.
Melisa Van Meter has more than 20 years of family law and adoption experience. Since 2000, she has focused exclusively on adoptions and guardianships. Ensuring that the welfare of a child was front and center has always been the focus of her practice. For the last 18 years, Melisa has helped people use the adoption process to grow their families. She is so happy to use her experience and knowledge of the adoption process to help people achieve their dreams.
When you are working to secure your rights as a parent to a child you already have ties to, you cannot afford to allow mistakes that may derail the process. To schedule a free initial consultation, call 405-329-2233 or contact our office online.