Step-Parent Adoption

Adopting a stepchild is a common form of adoption.

The step-parent agrees to be fully responsible for his or her spouse’s child and the non-custodial parent is released from parenting responsibilities.

Most court jurisdictions in Idaho require that an adoption home study or social investigation be completed when the step-parent petitions to adopt a stepchild. While the petitioner/step-parent is the main subject of the home study, the entire family is assessed.  Depending upon the age of the child being adopted, they may or may not be involved in the home study process. Our adoption specialists are knowledgeable about the challenges you may face with this type of adoption and can assist you through the process.