Step parent adoption - adopting your step child
If you wish to adopt your partner’s child / children from a previous marriage or relationship so that you become the legal parent of the child / children and share parental responsibility for them, this describes adoption by a step parent.
Adoption is not necessarily appropriate in all step parent situations. Advice can be provided about alternative legal options to secure the child's / children's relationship with a partner’s child.
If you decide to apply for adoption, the local authority has a duty to investigate the circumstances and prepare a report to the Court of their findings. This is because, once adopted, the child’s legal links with their absent birth parent and wider family will be broken.