The world of nontraditional families can get very complex quickly. It is important for all involved to know exactly what options they have.
For instance, in many recent cases, grandparents seek to adopt their grandchildren. They do this because they love them and they want to give them the stability and home life that will be best for their development when the children’s own parents cannot do so. And it’s not just grandparents. Aunts, uncles and other family members also sometimes find themselves involved.
The reasons this happens are many. In some cases, it has to do with addiction. Parents who struggle need to seek medical help or may even face jail time. This is a growing problem, especially with opioids, and it has led to a trend of more grandparent adoptions than we have seen in the past. As the parents seek the help they need to overcome the addiction, the grandparents step in to help the children move through this difficult and unexpected period in their lives.
It’s a noble pursuit to try to create a better life for a child. That doesn’t mean it’s an easy one. The courts do not take parental rights away from parents lightly, even when giving those rights to other relatives. This can be a long and complex process with a lot at stake.
Do you have any questions about grandparent adoptions? Are you trying to figure out what options you have or where to start? Our helpful website can guide you to the information that you need.