Often family members seek to adopt not out of a desire to become parents again but out of necessity, to protect the children and/or to confirm a relationship for the child that has been in place for some time. In these situations, some difficult emotions and problematic relationships can make these familial adoptions quite complicated.
For a family member to adopt, the child must be free to be adopted by having the birth parent's rights terminated by consent or after a contested hearing. It would be best if you discussed termination with a family law attorney before broaching the subject of adoption with the birth parents. They may act to elongate the process and increase your attorney's fees and costs.
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