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Welcoming a child into your home is an emotional experience, especially if it is the child of a family member. Adding to your family is a big responsibility, and you may have questions about whether adoption is in the best interest of the child. We often assist families throughout the adoption process, ensuring it is legally binding and seamless. 

According to American Adoptions, a kinship adoption occurs when a child is born to a mother who is not ready for parenthood or cannot care for her child. A family member may step in and legally become the parent. There are pros and cons to this course of action. 

Benefits of a family adoption 

A family adoption can take away a lot of stress for the mother, as she already knows and trusts you with her child’s life. If there is a conflict within your family about the child’s place in the world, this can help ease their concern. Even if you and the mother have only a distant relationship, she can still know her child as he or she grows up. However, the dynamics of every family is unique. Addressing specific issues now can avoid potential conflicts that may arise later. 

Disadvantages of a family adoption 

The adoption of a child by a family member often changes relationships. There is a possibility that the mother may change her mind a few years down the road and decide she wants her child back. Your approach to parenting may also cause conflict between you and the birth mother. Feelings of guilt and judgment can rend family relationships and negatively impact the child. 

The adoption process can be complicated as it legally terminates the biological parents’ rights and allows for the adjustment of birth records, reflecting your parental status. However, when the paperwork is complete, you can begin the next chapter of your life.