At Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A., we recognize that step-parents often times form a strong bond and loving bond with the child. The step-parent then desires to adopt the child as his or her own. The act of a step-parent adopting the child gives the relationship a legal status with inheritance rights attached. For step-parent adoptions, the courts must be presented with evidence to show that the biological parent's parental rights should be terminated. Such evidence must show that either the biological parent abandoned the child or did not safeguard their parental rights. The biological parent can consent to the termination of parental rights and to the step-parent adoption.
In non-step-parent adoptions, the normal time frame to complete the adoption process is anywhere from 3 to 12 months. However, in a step-parent adoption, the adoptive parent is able to immediately finalize the adoption because no home study is required and they can finalize the adoption much quicker.Grandparent and Relative Adoptions
Grandparents and close relatives of a child often times provide a stable, loving home life for the child in lieu of the child's actual birth parents. In these cases, grandparents or close relatives may consider a grandparent adoption / family adoption or temporary custody by extended family for a period of time. Grandparent adoptions or close relative adoptions give relatives the right to take on the custody and control of the child. These types of adoptions give the family the ability to seek medical attention for the child, to enroll the child in school and to openly communicate with teachers and administrators about the child's welfare. Without a temporary custody over the child or an adoption, the extended family will most likely be prevented from receiving any information regarding the child from schools, medical centers and the like.Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. - Commitment to Families Building Families
Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. is committed to helping families build families. If you have a question or issue regarding Identified Adoptions, Interstate Adoptions, International Adoptions, Step-parent Adoptions, Grandparent or Close Relative Adoptions and Surrogacy Plans, We also assist in matching birth mothers with adoptive parents.
If you have an adoption question or need, please call us at (904) 355-8888 or contact us online.