Step Parent and Kinship Adoption
Step parent adoption is when the spouse of the custodial parent adopts the custodial parent’s child (who would be a child from a previous relationship.) The child’s other biological parent may not be in the child’s life for a number of reasons.
A kinship adoption is when a relative of the child, adopts the child. This could also be known as a step parent adoption if the relative is married to the custodial parent. However kinship adoptions could involve a sibling, aunt, cousin, grandparent, etc., who chooses to formally adopt the child.
When processing a step parent or kinship adoption, an adoption home study will be required. Adoption STAR provides step parent and kinship adoption home studies. Feel free to contact the agency for more information.