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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.
Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2013). Stepparent adoption. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau.
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