Adult Adoption

Adult Adoption is the legal adoption of a person 18 years or older. Sometimes this is the best way to formalize a step-parent relationship of long-standing when the legal parent was unwilling to consent to adoption and no substitute for consent fit the facts. It is simple, and requires no notice to the other legal parent; and yes, a name change is included. The child will have a new birth certificate, with the new legal parents. This is the typical “adult adoption,” but we have seen a lot of other scenarios where people accomplish adoption of someone over the age of 18.

8 Responses to Adult Adoption

  1. I want to adopt my adult daughter ( I raised her all of her life), can you help? I don’t know where to begin. Thank you in advance. Derek Spencer

    • Derek, if either you or your daughter-to-be are residents of Oregon, we can do an adult adoption. Please give me a call. 503-234-8801. Thanks for writing.
      Kathleen O’Brien

  2. My stepdad would like to adopt me, I am 32. I just really need help in how to do this. Anytime I call someone they say they cannot give me any info and to contact a lawyer. This seems like it should be a simple process as we are both consenting adults.

    • Thanks for your comment, Andrea. I’d be happy to help you with this and answer your questions. Please give me a phone call at your convenience, at 503-234-8801. Kathleen O’Brien

  3. My husband adopted my youngest 10yrs ago (step-parent adoption), but my oldest’s father refused to allow the adoption. He hasn’t seen my daughter in over 2yrs (her choice). She’ll be 18 next year and wants my husband to adopt her. Can her father contest it like he did before? What is the cost range for adult adoption?

    • Thanks for writing. She can be adopted by her step-father as soon as she turns 18. Her legal dad can’t “object,” and does not even have to be notified. Please call for me to quote a fee, it’s very affordable and you can make payments. The court filing fee for adoptions was increased on 10/01/13 to $252.00. Best wishes.

  4. My “daughter” has lived with my wife and I for three years, we have been a part of her life since she was seven years old. She will be turning 18 in August and has asked if we could legally adopt her. She ran away from a very abusive home when she was 15 and wants no contact with the abuser (her biological mother) Her father is currently in prison and will not be released until she reaches the age of 35. We tried to have her placed with in the foster care system officially but unfortunately she fell through the cracks. My wife and I are currently foster care parents and are in the process of adopting one of our minor children, is the process similar? Are there any hurdles we will have to overcome in adopting her legally, or is it just a matter of money.

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