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A step-child adoption is the adoption of a minor child born to a spouse from a prior marriage or relationship. An adoption creates a legal parent-child relationship between the adopting parent and the step-child. The adopting parent permanently becomes responsible for the health and welfare of the minor child while the child has inheritance right of the adopting parent. The same relationship continues into the minor child’s adulthood.
STEP CHILD ADOPTION

In California there are three main types of procedures for adopting a stepchild. Which one you may follow depends on the circumstances in your family.

IF THE ABSENT PARENT (THE MINOR’S TRUE PARENT) CONSENTS: If your stepchild’s absent parent consents to the adoption or is deceased, then the process is relatively simple. You would file the adoption Petition with the Court within your county. After the completion of a investigation questionnaire, you will be contacted by the local Social Service agency. At the conclusion of their investigation, the Social Service agency will file with the Court their recommendations. A short Court hearing will take place and upon the recommendations of the Social Service agency, an order of an adoption decree will be granted and you will be ordered the adopting parent.

IF THE ABSENT PARENT CANNOT BE FOUND: If the step-child’s absent parent cannot be located, the process then becomes more complex. You must first try to locate the missing parent. If you cannot locate the absent parent, you may be required to publish in a newspaper a Citation for Adoption. Additionally, you may need to claim, in documentation filed with the Court, that the absent parent abandoned the child or willfully failed to meet his parental obligations. The County Social Services Department and the Court must approve the adoption.

IF THE ABSENT PARENT WILL NOT CONSENT: If your step-child’s absent parent will not consent to the adoption, you may not be able to adopt your step-child. A legal parent who is in contact with and supports the child and contests the adoption Petition can prevent the adoption. If the absent parent will not consent but does not contest the adoption in Court, you may still be able to adopt.


You can represent yourself in the adoption proceedings. With the help of PUBLIC DOCUMENTS PLUS in the preparation of your documents, you may experience the court process to be an easy and joyous experience.

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