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Stepparent Adoptions: Why and How?

Posted by Sarah I. Malik on October 15, 2018 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

A stepparent adoption is an independent adoption where a stepparent adopts the child of his or her spouse. The spouse remains a parent and legal guardian of the child and the other biological parent must provide consent or terminate their parental rights.


There are many reasons why a person may choose to adopt a stepchild:

*The stepparent is playing a very active day-to-day part ...

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Baby Veronica Update

Posted by Sarah I. Malik on August 28, 2013 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Baby Veronica was at the center of the June 25, 2013 Supreme Court of the United States decision in Adoptive Parents v. Baby Girl, which held that the baby’s birth father is not protected from having his parental rights ended under the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).  After the SCOTUS decision, a South Carolina court awarded the adoptive parents, Matt and Melanie Capobianco, custody on July 30, 2013, which was not enforced in Oklahoma.  Despite efforts for the ...

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