You are already related to the child you love, but you are not the parent.
Whether you are that child’s grandparent, aunt, uncle, stepparent or other relative, you have a family bond. You would do anything to protect the child. As you raise the child as your own, there may be something more that you can do to protect him or her. It may be something you haven’t thought of yet: you may be able to adopt the child.
Adopting a Family Member per Pennsylvania Law
The child is yours in your heart and in the realities of your day to day life. However, the child may not be yours according to Pennsylvania law. In order to protect the child, you might consider adoption if the biological parents have died or revoked their parental rights.
You can provide your child with the security of knowing that you will be his or her forever parent, in addition to his or her other type of relative.
Benefits and the Adoption Process
The benefits of adopting a family member include:
- Ensure the child legally remains a part of the family
- Retain full parental rights of the child under Pennsylvania law
- Protect the child’s future
Formally adopting a family member involves a private adoption. With an experienced lawyer, the process can go as seamlessly as possible. Our attorneys guide parents through the steps including:
- Filing an adoption petition
- Completing a home study
- Obtaining clearances
- Completing the needed reports
When adopting a family member, a lawyer can be a big help. An experienced firm can streamline your progress and ensure there are no errors that might extend the wait time.
Get Started with Formal Adoption
This child is too important for you to take chances, and your relationship is too important to risk. Do not assume everything will go on as it has in the absence of a formal adoption. Instead, find out how you might each benefit from a formal adoption and how to get the process started with the help of an experienced adoption lawyer in Pennsylvania.
We know the uncertainty of the legal adoption process seems daunting. Our firm tailors our approach to ensure you understand what’s going on and what you need to do. If you’re considering adopting a family member, feel free to call us or schedule an appointment online. We can answer your questions and help you take the next steps to get started.