Kinship Adoption

Kinship adoption (sometimes referred to as “relative adoption”) is the adoption of a child by the child’s relative.

Many situations may encourage a kinship adoption.  These may include the death of a parent, removal of a child by social services, incarceration or incapacitation of a child’s parents, and abandonment of a child.

Generally, four qualifications must be met to be successful in a kinship adoption:

1. The relative must be a grandparent, brother, sister, half sibling, aunt, uncle or first cousin and

2. The relative must have had physical custody of the child for a period of one year or more and

3. The child is not the subject of a pending dependency and neglect proceeding.

4. The birth parent(s) must have abandoned the child for a period of one year or have failed to provide support for a period of one year or more.

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