Intra-Family Adoption by a Relative

Intra-family adoption, also known as “next of kin” adoption differs in a few manners than
local adoption does. This type of adoption can only be completed by grandparents, siblings,
aunts, or uncles. Consent must be given by both biological parents for the adoption even if the
couple is divorced or only one partner has custody by the child. The relative can then petition for
adoption as long with legal representation with an attorney specific in family law who will help
act on the adopting families behalf. The adopting relative must still prove to be a fit parent and
provide a child-friendly environment. Intra-family adoption is favored by many because the
adoption process is much quicker than a normal adoption process, and it is commonly believed
that maintaining a child in their biological family preserves his/her best interests.