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What is the consent to adoption form?

On Behalf of | Mar 11, 2024 | Adoption, Blog |

Stepparent adoptions typically have fewer steps and requirements than other types of adoption. However, one of the similarities is the need to get consent from the parent who is giving up his or her parental rights so that the stepparent may adopt the child.

To do this, the parent who is not the spouse of the stepparent will complete a consent to adoption form.

Function of the form

The consent to adoption form serves as the biological parent’s official agreement to terminate his or her parental rights. By signing the document, the parent is attesting that this is a voluntary decision. It also is proof of understanding that he or she is relinquishing the ability to make decisions regarding the child’s upbringing, education and medical care.

In addition, it acknowledges that the parent wishes to allow the stepparent to legally adopt the child.

Signing requirements

Because of the legal weight of the document, the individual must sign it in the presence of a notary public or another person with the authority to take acknowledgments. In some cases, the court may require additional documentation or evidence to support the consent to adoption form. This may include proof of the biological parent’s identity, relationship to the child and current contact information.

The signed consent form goes to the court as part of the required documents for the stepparent adoption process. Once the court finalizes the adoption, the stepparent will have all the rights and responsibilities of a legal parent, and the child will have a new legal family.