Kinship Adoptions

Adopting a Child Relative


The traditional view of family is changing as more grandparents and other relatives care for children when their biological parents can no longer do so. The need for a relative to assume parental responsibilities may occur for several reasons, but the most common examples are when a parent has passed away, has abandoned the child, has a substance abuse problem, has a mental health problem or is incarcerated.

Kinship adoption is an option for relatives in Indiana who want to have legal custody of children in their extended family and the permanency that adoption provides. The attorneys at Herrin & Leach in Indianapolis, Indiana can help you explore your options and guide you through the relative adoption process.  We regularly represent relatives with custody of a child seeking to have their relationship recognized legally through adoption.

Pursuing a Kinship Adoption

Even though you are family, the kinship adoption process is still complex and requires a skilled and experienced attorney by your side. I have successfully helped many families with kinship adoptions, and I can help you, too.

In some cases, you may have different rights or privileges when pursuing the adoption of a family member, especially if the child is in the foster care system. I understand how adoption laws will impact this process and can make sure you understand all of your options and what to expect.

Kinship adoption can be very beneficial for everyone involved. In many cases, grandparents or other relatives are already acting as a parent or legal guardian. By becoming the legal parent through adoption, it can be easier to obtain services and benefits for the child, including insurance coverage, and keep the family together.

Talk to an Adoption Lawyer for a Free, No-Obligation Consultation

To discuss the kinship adoption process and see how I can help you pursue your adoption, please call me at 

317-566-2174 or contact me online.

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Compassionate & Experienced Indiana Adoption Lawyers

We work diligently to ensure a successful adoption. When done correctly, adoption offers expectant mothers, prospective parents and the child all the chance for a bright future.  When you come to our office, we will take the time to answer all of your questions, explain the process and clear up any aspect of the adoption process that might be confusing.

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