Being in a situation where a grandparent must raise and care for their grandchild is one of the most difficult circumstances the grandparents can face. Grandparent adoptions are becoming more common every year in the United States. Children also benefit from relationships with two parental figures, regardless of the circumstances. Completing the adoption process often takes the guidance of an experienced lawyer.
There are a variety of reasons why grandparents choose to adopt their grandchildren, including the feeling of obligation to keep the children in the family. These reasons may include:
- Substance abuse by the parents
- Death of a parent
- Child abuse and/or neglect
- Teenage pregnancy
- Mental health problems
- The parent’s unwillingness to act as a responsible parent
The grandparent adoption process is typically less complicated than non-relative, newborn adoptions. Since home studies are usually shorter for grandparent adoptions, the adoption process can also go much quicker.
At Neal Ashmore, we offer comprehensive adoption legal services to grandparents in Dallas, Denton, Collin, Tarrant, Cook and Wise counties.