Step-parent adoptions usually proceed more rapidly than other adoptions. Once a child is available for adoption, a stepparent can petition to adopt the child. In order to be available for adoption, the childís birth parent(s) must either agree to the adoption or have his or her parental rights terminated by the court. Once the adoption starts, all adults living in the household will have to undergo background checks, but the costly home study required for all adoptions can often be waived in step-parent adoptions. Let us help you and your family get legal recognition of what already exists, your family as a whole.