Adoption is the legal process required to establish a legal parent-child relationship when the adopting parent is not the biological or birth parent of the child. Once final, adoptive parents have all the legal rights and responsibilities of a parent-child relationship. The parent-child relationship between the adoptive parent and child is permanent and is exactly the same as that of a birth family. An adoptive parent can be a stepparent or domestic partner of one of the birth parents, a relative of the child who has been caring for the child, or someone not related to the child by blood. Adults can also be adopted by other adults so long as certain conditions are met. 

“If you have the heart for adoption, don’t let fear stand in the way.” – Dave Chapman. 

There are different types of adoptions:

  • Agency 
  • Independent 
  • Stepparent 
  • International 
  • Adoption of adults and married minors 

Different processes are required for different types of adoptions, it is important to consult with an experienced attorney who specializes in family law who can advise you on what you must do based on your case and needs. Our family law attorney, Heather A. Lewis, is available to discuss your case and adoption needs. Please call us at (760) 955-2500 to schedule a consultation or submit your contact information here.