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.
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.
Adoption by Relatives in Wisconsin Including Stepparent Adoption
Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (2004)
Summarizes the relative adoption process in Wisconsin.