Step parent adoption - adopting your step child

If you wish to adopt your partner’s child / children from a previous marriage or relationship so that you become the legal parent of the child / children and share parental responsibility for them, this describes adoption by a step parent.

Adoption is not necessarily appropriate in all step parent situations. Advice can be provided about alternative legal options to secure the child's / children's relationship with a partner’s child.

If you decide to apply for adoption, the local authority has a duty to investigate the circumstances and prepare a report to the Court of their findings. This is because, once adopted, the child’s legal links with their absent birth parent and wider family will be broken.


For further information and to talk to the Adoption Team give us a call on 0300 300 8090 or email us at

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