Step-parent adoptions are initiated for many reasons including changing the child’s name, establishing parental rights for the step-parent, or formally declaring the legal definitions of the family unit. Adopting one’s stepchild(ren) is the most common form of adoption. Step-parents who adopt their spouse’s biological child become the legal co-parent, accepting all parenting and legal responsibilities and obligations pertinent to rearing the child to adulthood just as the biological parent would. The non-custodial parent agrees to terminate their parental rights over the child.

If you are an expectant parent or birth parent and have any questions about the adoption process, please call an Adoption Counselor at 1-800-255-6305, or send us a text message. A counselor is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week. In no way does contacting us commit you to an adoption plan; it simply allows us to help provide you some information to help you make a decision that is in you and your child’s best interest.

If you are an adoptive parent and have questions about the process, please call one of our locations to speak with an Adoption Choice, Inc. staff member.