Relative and Stepparent Adoption

Not all adoptions involve a couple seeking to create a family by adopting a child in a private adoption or private placement adoption. In fact, one of the most common types of adoption does not even fall outside of an adopted child's family tree. Whether someone seeks to adopt a grandchild due to the death or incarceration of a parent or someone wishes to make a stepchild his or her own, relative adoptions create families throughout Minnesota.

Extended family members frequently seek to adopt children, often after years of such placements on an informal basis. Sometimes these arrangements are approved by Child Protective Services and other authorities; sometimes they are arranged privately. Often, they involve individuals considered by family members to be "family" even if they do not fit into the narrowly defined traditional categories of family relationships.

Relatives who are seeking to adopt may automatically or by request fit into provisions of statutes that may exempt them from certain requirements that normally apply in adoption situations. They may be able to proceed with lower cost or may qualify for certain benefits as a result. Relatives may also have different rights or privileges with regard to children in the foster care system or have a right to negotiate post-adoption contact in a different fashion.

Representation From Lawyers Who are Leaders in Adoption

At the law firm of Berg, Debele, DeSmidt & Rabuse, P.A., our years of experience with all types of adoptions and all types of families make us well-suited to assist relatives in fashioning the best approach to their particular adoption situation. Whether you are a stepparent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, sibling or any other relative, we will focus on efficiently facilitating your adoption and ensuring a smooth transition that is in the best interest of your adopted child.

Is the child you seek to adopt part of a CHIPS (Child In Need Of Protection or Services) proceeding? We are one of the few private law firms in the state to represent people in CHIPS proceedings with the Minnesota juvenile courts.

We look forward to helping you pursue your adoption and welcome your questions about the adoption process. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with our Minneapolis stepparent adoption attorneys.