According to the Child Welfare Agency in the United States more than 1 million children are adopted by relatives.
In most states, relative adoptions close enough to include aunt, uncle, grandparent, and step-parent are treated differently by the law. However there has been a 40 % increase in grandparents adoption.
The home study that is required for other adoptions may be excused for in-family relative adoptions reducing the cost of the process. That means that and adoption by a relative is simpler and possible.
Relative in-family adoptions can still be complicated in other ways, changing the dynamics of a family in very dramatic ways. Family members have new legal relationships as an overlay on or substitute for previous, biological relationships.
Depending on the age of the child and the continuing relationships among the adults involved, families may wish to seek out counseling before and after the relative adoption.
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