Adopt a stepchild

Find out how to adopt a partner’s child.

To adopt a stepchild (known as partner adoption) you apply as a sole applicant.

  • You must be aged 21 years or over.
  • If you are not married to the child’s parent you need to satisfy the court that you are living as partners in an enduring family relationship.
  • You can be a same sex couple and do not have to be in a civil partnership.  

You will be allocated a social worker who will complete a court report about your suitability to adopt. This report must have regard to the need for stability and permanence in your relationship with your partner.

The court must look at all the options. You and your partner will be expected to obtain independent legal advice so you are aware of the alternatives to an Adoption Order before any application can be considered.

Last updated:
27 September 2019
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