Adopt a stepchild

How to adopt your partner's child.

To adopt a stepchild or stepchildren, you must be at least 21 years old. You do not have to be married or in a civil partnership with the child's parent.

Information is also available on GOV.UK.

Applying for an adoption order

Our team will discuss the possibilities with you. You will also need to get independent legal advice. This is because a court must look at all options when considering an order.

If you still want to apply, the team will take your details and allocate a social worker to your case. The social worker will write a report for the court, considering the wishes of the child. This also takes into account the importance of a stable, long-term family relationship. The report helps the court to decide whether to issue an adoption order.

Last updated:
22 June 2020
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