Adoption by Family Type: Stepparent Adoption
Stepparent adoption, or the legal adoption of a child by the spouse of the child's birth parent, is the most common form of adoption in the United States. Please check with your local family court system to obtain the proper documents required to adopt, as well as the most up-to-date information on stepparent adoption in your jurisdiction. In this section,find resources and general information regarding stepparent adoption, including State and local examples.
|Series Title:||Factsheets for Families|
|Author(s):||Child Welfare Information Gateway
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|Year Published:||2013 - 5 pages|
|Describes the steps involved when a person wishes to adopt the child of his or her spouse and discusses legal issues and help for parents. The issues addressed include requirements for home studies and background checks, obtaining the consent of the child's noncustodial parent, and the process for completing the adoption. Resources for more information are included.|
Court Jurisdiction and Venue for Adoption Petitions
Child Welfare Information Gateway (2010)
Provides State-specific information on the type of courts that handle adoption cases.
State Court Websites
National Center for State Courts
Provides judicial branch links for each State.
American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
Provides a directory of this national membership organization of attorneys with expertise in adoption, including referrals to adoption attorneys in all 50 States.
National Stepfamily Resource Center
Provides a clearinghouse of information, resources, and support for stepfamily members and the professionals who work with them.
Adoption and Child Welfare Lawsite
Answers frequently asked questions on stepparent adoption.
Provides information on stepparent adoption laws, birth parent consent, and termination of parental rights.
State and local examples
Adoption by Relatives in Wisconsin Including Stepparent Adoption
Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (2004)
Summarizes the relative adoption process in Wisconsin.