Sometimes it is in the best interest of a child to be raised by their grandparents. This can be a result of deaths in the family, unfit parents or living environments, teen pregnancy, and many other factors.
Typically, grandparent adoptions are less complex than other kinds of adoptions. The courts usually support helping keep the family together.
Perhaps you have married a spouse who already has children, or you have children from a previous marriage. Maybe, your child was born out of wed-lock and you are now marrying. Should you or your spouse wish to adopt a child/children, you will need to be granted a step-parent adoption.
To adopt a child/children, you will be required to obtain the consent of the biological father or mother before the adoption. If the biological parent has not supported or spoken with the child for an extended period of time or they are deemed unfit to be a parent, consent may not be required. However, the biological parents will be notified of these proceedings. After a hearing, a decision will be ordered to grant the adoption.