What is step parent adoption?
Adoption as a step parent will result in the holder of the Adoption Order becoming the childs/ren legal parent forever and being granted parental responsibility. The Order will end the legal relationship between a child/ren and the other parent and their wider family, which includes the child losing out on maintenance and inheritance rights. The childs/ren surname will also be changed unless the court declines this.
This Order will remain in force even if you and your partner divorce or separate. An Adoption Order application is recognised in the courts as a very important decision for a child and as such the court will only make this Order if it is satisfied that it is in the child’s best interests.
How do I apply to adopt my step child/ren?
If you are interested in adopting your step child then you have a duty to notify us (Local Authority) three months prior to submitting an application to court. We will then assess the perspective adopter and provide a copy of the assessment to the court. There is also a fee for this assessment. To declare your intention to adopt your step child/ren please write to: The manager of the Kinship Team, Cambridgeshire Professional Development Centre, Foster Road, Trumpington, Cambridgeshire, CB2 9NL.