Are you thinking of adopting your step child?

Step parent adoption or partner applications can be more involved than you think.


Adoption is a permanent legal order and are not made lightly by the Courts. Step-parent adoptions equally alter family relationships in a permanent and significant way, and the Courts are increasingly cautious about granting Adoption Orders in such cases.

There are many factors and questions to consider before you begin the process such as:

What are the basic requirements for adopting your step-child?

Why do you want to adopt?

Can we go to a solicitor and acquire a Parental Responsibility Agreement for the step-parent instead of adopting?

Can we just change the name of the child by Deed Poll?

What happens when we contact Somerset County Council Permanence Team?

All these questions and more are answered in our helpful information leaflet download  Step parent adoption