Families come in all shapes and sizes, and they change as children become adults. Adults who have emancipated from foster care or those who do not have supportive family relationships know firsthand that families look different for everyone. They understand that the pain caused by the lack of meaningful family connections can linger well into adulthood. The truth is you never outgrow the need for a family. However, many young people do enter adulthood with a strong connection to a supportive adult — such as a guardian, relative, teacher, mentor, coach or former foster parent — who has become a parent figure. Adult adoption is the formalization of an existing parent-like relationship.
Adult Adoption Law in the United States
NCDHHS: Adoption and Foster Care
Not all adoptions involve a child. The answer is yes. In fact, one of the growing adoption trends is adult adoption, where a person older than 18 can be adopted by another adult or couple to formalize a parent-child relationship. Parker Herring was recently interviewed for an article on adult adoption by HowStuffWorks. At Parker Herring Law Group, PLLC, we can help you complete the legal process of an adult adoption, which is more straightforward and easily completed than a traditional child adoption. However, because there are always legal complexities that can occur with any process involving parental rights, we encourage you to work with an experienced law firm like ours to help your adoption proceed as smoothly as possible.
How to Complete an Adult Adoption
Call Today. Adoption is nearly always one of the happiest areas of family law. Adoption is an age-old way of building a family just as biological procreation is. The Spagnola Law Firm is a valuable resource for adoptive parents and children in the Greensboro area.
Adult adoptions are easier and less expensive than adoptions of children. Adults are primarily adopted to ensure inheritance, formalize relationships between adult child and stepparent, and to form family ties. The desire to formalize a relationship that developed when the adoptee was a child but could not be adopted, which often includes:.