Grandparent and Relative Adoptions

Relative and Grandparent Adoptions

In some situations, a relative may have assumed responsibility for a child and now wants legal authority to make decisions for the child, particularly in education and medical circumstances. While there are guardianship options available, it is often more effective to seek an adoption if the parent(s) will no longer be able to provide care to the child.

Regardless of the circumstances causing the relative to seek adoption, our firm can provide the legal guidance needed to help the child become adopted. Unless the parent passed away, it will be necessary to get the legal parent to consent to the adoption or have their parental rights terminated through court proceedings. Our lawyers can handle these negotiations or proceedings. In cases where a relative wants to assist with the raising of  a child, but does not wish to adopt, we also offer assistance with guardianships.