Adult adoption is a great choice for many families. There are several reasons why a person (or a couple) may choose to adopt an adult.
- In a step family situation, a stepparent may have raised a child, or been part of the family for many years. Perhaps the biological parent was unavailable or unwilling to allow an adoption while the child was under 18. In these cases, an adoption case may be filed after the child’s 18th birthday.
- In a situation where the biological parent may be a danger to the child, it is often inadvisable to contact him/her to request permission for a step parent adoption. Waiting until the child is over 18 is a safer choice.
- In a situation where the parent and child relationship exists in all ways but legally (a person who is not a parent is actually acting as a parent).
- A foster parent may adopt their foster child who has turned 18.
- Be aware that in the United States, an adult adoption does not give any immigration benefits.
The process of adult adoption in Texas is somewhat easier than the process in child adoption. The biological parents do not need to consent, or even be notified.
The parties to an adult adoption need to be ready to undergo a background check.
Kalish Law Office has been providing adult adoption services since 1984. Contact us for a consultation if you are wondering about adult adoption as an option for your family!