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Series: Factsheets for Families|
Child Welfare Information Gateway |
|Year Published: 2013|
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Stepparent adoption is governed by State law. Most States make the adoption process a little easier for stepparents, but requirements for home studies, criminal background checks, and procedures for obtaining consent of the noncustodial parent vary widely by State. This factsheet offers general information about legal issues to consider and steps to take when adopting a stepchild. While many stepparent adoptions can be done without the help of a lawyer, stepparents may wish to consult an adoption attorney to understand the specific legal requirements in their State. Resources for more information are included.
Table of ContentsIntroduction
Steps to Take
Help for Parents
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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