When a child’s grandparents take charge of caring for their grandchild,
they essentially assume the role of the child’s parents and must
provide a safe and loving environment that allows the child to thrive
and grow. For all intents and purposes, they become parents to their grandchild.
However, unless they formally adopt their grandchild, they will lack legal
recognition, which limits their rights.
To address these limitations, grandparents can adopt their grandchild,
which can provide both legal benefits and emotional benefits.
The Benefits of Adopting Your Grandchildren
If your grandchild’s parents cannot provide care for their child
and you are looking into adoption, you might be wondering what the benefits
of this act may include.
Below are some of the benefits of grandchild adoption:
Stability and security: Although the legal benefits of adopting your grandchild are immense, the
emotional ones are even greater. With full parental rights, you can provide
the permanence and stability your grandchild needs to feel safe and loved.
Legal recognition: When grandparents adopt their grandchild, they officially become the child’s
legal parent. As a result, you will be responsible for caring for the
child and making all crucial legal decisions, such as issues pertaining
to the child’s health, academics, and religious upbringing.
Financial benefits: Children have many needs and, without legal rights, you might find yourself
in a financial bind when it comes to necessities like insurance. Adopting
your grandchild will allow you to cut through these obstacles, which will
allow you to enjoy many financial benefits, easing some of your concerns.
How to Adopt Your Grandchild
Unlike other forms of adoption, grandchild adoption is less challenging.
However, you should still hire skilled legal assistance.
Below are some of the steps involved in grandchild adoption:
- Before you can adopt your grandchild, you must have the parents’
right terminated, which is usually done with an Affidavit of Relinquishment.
It is generally the most challenging step in this process.
- Even if your grandchild already lives with you, you will still need to
complete a home study, proving to the courts that you are prepared to
legally adopt your grandchild. It is performed through a licensed home
- In Texas, if a child is 12 years of age or older, he or she must legally
consent to the adoption.
- You will attend a court hearing. In many cases, grandparents can complete
both the adoption process and the parental rights termination process
within the same hearing.
Schedule a Consultation with a Knowledgeable Adoption Attorney Today!
If you wish to
adopt your grandchild, the knowledgeable team at the Law Office of Kathryn Marteeny
has the knowledge and skill necessary to guide you through every step
of the process, so you can obtain full legal rights. Our team is backed
by more than three decades of collective legal experience and a commitment
to helping clients field their way through some of life’s greatest
Get started on the process of adopting your grandchild and
reach out to our team at (713) 936-2300 to schedule a consultation with a member
of our legal team.