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Growing your family through stepparent adoption

Adoption is a beautiful way for your Ohio family to expand and grow, and sometimes, this means formalizing meaningful relationships you already have in your family. In some situations, stepparents may be able to adopt their stepchildren. If you would like to adopt the children of your partner and legally establish your role as a parent, you may find it beneficial to first learn how this process will work.

How adoptive families are matched with a child

For those new to adoption, the process may seem a bit unclear. Understanding more about how children are placed with families can help adoptive parents to understand the process better and help them as they go through it. In Ohio, parents do not just choose a child and start the adoption process. It actually is a collaborative effort between many agencies to help ensure the child and family are a good match. 

Understanding stepparent adoption in Ohio

For married Ohio couples in a blended family situation or a same-sex marriage, stepparent adoption may be the solution to questions surrounding the legal status of the child(ren) living with them. The Ohio State Bar Association reminds couples that while stepparent adoption can be a wonderful, loving decision, it also is serious and permanent.

Adoption vs. subsidized permanent guardianship

If you have been fostering a relative child in Ohio and are now considering adoption, you may also want to compare the benefits of subsidized permanent guardianship. While some families feel like adoption is the best route, others feel that this form of guardianship will be best for their situation. We at Kroener Hale Law Firm can help you determine the right option for your family and guide you every step of the way.

Can a single person adopt in Ohio?

If you are a single person in Ohio and want to become a parent through adoption, you may be concerned about whether or not your application will be approved. While this situation was almost always denied by adoption agencies in the mid-1900’s, officials now realize that many single parents can create great homes for children of any age.

Overcoming obstacles to fulfill the dream of stepparent adoption

Being a stepparent is difficult. You have undoubtedly experienced moments of doubt and frustration, but with persistence and compassion, you have won the heart of your stepchild. Now you are thinking that this may be the right time to adopt your stepchild to offer him or her the legal benefits of your parenthood as well as the emotional ones.

What if I want kids but can't have any?

Not all Ohio couples are able to have children of their own, even if they really desire one. Fortunately, there are still plenty of options available to you when it comes to raising a child. We at Kroener Hale Law Firm will explain two of these possible options: adoption and surrogacy.

Deciding if you are ready for an adoption

Couples in Ohio who are looking to adopt will have a long road ahead of them. Adopting a child is a fairly lengthy process; there are many hoops that have to be jumped through, and prospective parents should be prepared for this by knowing what to expect and whether or not they are ready to meet those expectations.

What to know about adopting a child from foster care

If you are considering adopting a child from foster care, you are probably aware of the fact that the laws and guidelines will change based on where you live. Each state is allowed to make its own rules and requirements, meaning you will need to be very informed about Ohio’s practices in order to have a successful adoption. We at Kroener Hale Law Firm want to help you create a family or add a new member, so we have created a guide detailing what you can do to prepare for this exciting time.

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