Adoption is a beautiful way to expand your family, and it’s not just limited to children. In California, it’s possible to adopt an adult, and the process can be simpler than you might think. Adopting an adult can bring a new level of joy and security to your family, as well as a sense of completion to the person being adopted. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to adopt an adult in California.
Step 1: Discuss the adoption with the adult
The first step in adopting an adult is to discuss the idea with the person you wish to adopt or the person you wish to adopt you. It’s essential to ensure that the person being both parties understand the legal and emotional implications of the process.
Step 2: Find an adoption attorney
Look for an attorney who specializes in adoption and has experience with adult adoptions. They will guide you through the legal process and ensure that all necessary paperwork is submitted correctly.
Step 3: File a petition for adoption
The adoption process in California begins with filing a petition for adoption in the appropriate court. Your adoption attorney will help you prepare the paperwork and ensure that it’s filed correctly. The petition must include information about both the adoptive parent(s) and the person being adopted.
Step 4: Obtain consent
Unlike the adoption of a child, an adult adoption in California does not require the consent of the birth parents. However, the spouses of both the adopting parent and the person being adopted need to be obtained.
Step 5: Complete a home study
A home study is not required for adult adoptions in California, but it may be requested by the court if there are any concerns about the suitability of the adoption. A home study involves a social worker visiting your home, interviewing family members, and completing a report on your suitability as an adoptive parent.
Step 6: Attend a court hearing
After the petition is filed, a court hearing will be scheduled. You and the person being adopted must attend the hearing. During the hearing, the judge will ask questions to ensure that everyone involved understands the legal and emotional implications of the adoption. If the judge is satisfied that the adoption is in the best interest of the person being adopted, they will issue a final decree of adoption.
Step 7: Obtain a new birth certificate
After the adoption is finalized, the person being adopted can obtain a new birth certificate. The new birth certificate will reflect the new parent(s) and the new name, if applicable.
In conclusion, adopting an adult in California is a straightforward process, but it’s important to have an experienced adoption attorney by your side. If you’re considering adopting an adult, take the time to discuss the idea with the person being adopted and ensure that you understand the legal and emotional implications. With the right preparation and guidance, adult adoption can bring new joy and security to your family. Please call Mioni Family Law if you’d like to learn more about the process or to have our firm assist you in your adult adoption.