Understanding Grandparent Adoptions

A number of individuals may provide a healthy influence in a child's life. Grandparents may assume a heightened role when the biological parents are unable to fulfill their parenting responsibilities. The process by which a grandparent formalizes his or her role in a child's life is called grandparent adoption.

Establishing Your Readiness As A Caregiver

In order for a grandparent to adopt a child, the biological parents must legally terminate their parental rights, either voluntarily or involuntarily. If the biological parent consents, the process will be relatively straightforward. The court will examine the quality of the grandparent's relationship with the child and whether there was substantial past contact. As in other types of adoptions, the court may require a home study to evaluate the grandparent's physical, emotional and financial readiness to adopt the child. If the child is age 12 or older, state law also requires the child's consent.

Grandparent adoption may also involuntarily terminate a biological parent's rights. Child Protective Services might have placed the child with a grandparent after it launched an investigation of the biological parent. If that investigation finds either abuse and neglect or a failure to support the child for a period of more than six months, the court might involuntarily terminate the parent's rights and approve grandparent adoption.

Take Steps To Legally Establish Your Role In Your Grandchild's Life

We have helped a number of grandparents formalize their role in their grandchild's life through the legal process of grandparent adoptions. There are also other alternatives we can discuss, such as grandparent visitation rights. If you are seeking to legally play a more active role in your grandchild's life, our experience will serve as an excellent resource. Contact us online or call (210) 536-0555 to schedule a consultation at our San Antonio office.