Adoption doesn’t always take place by people that aren’t known to the natural mother. The idea of grandparents adopting the offspring of their own children has become increasingly popular. This is often done to keep these children in the family, and to make sure they get the care that they deserve. In our society, many young women are getting pregnant but not being married or financially stable. In order to allow them to continue high school and other goals in their life the grandparents step in to care for the child.
Yet this isn’t always a temporary situation. Sometimes the natural parents are out of the picture before long and the grandparents want to see these children cared for properly. They don’t want to see them in the hands of strangers as they feel they need to be cared for by family. Even if the natural parents are in the picture, adoption can be necessary to help with the financial end of things. Sometimes grandparents can get health insurance and other benefits for these children they care for if they legally adopt them but not if they only care for them.
The decision to terminate parental rights isn’t always a simple one in these types of cases. Sometimes the natural parents feel that they have no other choice but to give their parents custody. If they are going to be incarcerated or other similar events they want to know the children will be cared for by family rather than going to foster care. Most of the time attorney’s in these cases will request for the natural parents to go to counseling before they terminate their parental rights. That way they don’t have regrets for doing so later on.
Grandparents that have cared for their grandchildren for a very long time need to look into the adoption process as well. At any time the natural parents could come and take them without anything to stop them. Even if the court proceedings are started at that time, it can take years to get a decision from the courts. By following the process for adoption these grandparents can be assured that these children can’t legally be removed from their care down the road by the natural parents.
It can be difficult for grandparents to take on such a role though later in life. It is one they have to carefully evaluate before they commit to it. Their own health and needs also need to be taken into consideration. There are many support groups in communities as well as online for grandparents that adopt to turn to. They can offer plenty of information about the process and what a person can expect.
Understanding the legal aspects of adopting your grandchildren is very important. You likely have more rights than you know. For example, if the natural parents have abandoned them you can start the process without their consent. You may qualify for help paying for the legal process as well so don’t let that stand in the way of obtaining the legal custody of the children you are caring for.
The laws that apply to this type of adoption can be different in various states. That is why it is important to find out what applies to your given situation. A good attorney can help you to evaluate your options and then to proceed with the one that is to your benefit.