FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The law requires that the child be living with you for at least six months before your adoption can be finalized. Under some circumstances that requirement can be waived, but it normally takes about that long to obtain a completed adoption home study and have background checks completed.
Yes. Once a parent’s rights are terminated, their obligation to provide for the child is also terminated. Any past due child support (arrears) will still be owed.
Yes! If their biological parent agrees or doesn’t have much of a relationship with the child, the Court will usually allow a step-parent to adopt their step-child.
It depends, but generally if the child is twelve years old or older, they must consent to their own adoption.
Yes! Once a youth is eighteen years old, their biological parent no longer has to be involved in their adoption. For that reason, many youth wait until they turn 18 to proceed with a step-parent adoption, that perhaps their biological parent would not agree to in the past.