Did you know that millions of older, often retired, adults have taken on the responsibility of raising their grandchildren? Caring for their grandchildren was probably not on these individuals’ list of expectations for their golden years.
If you are like these individuals, you understand the importance of providing a safe, loving home for children whose parents cannot care for them. Sometimes, these custody agreements are temporary, but there may be circumstances where a grandparent adoption is the best option. These are a few things you should know.
Adoption severs parental rights
If you believe that your children will care for your grandchildren at some point, you may only pursue a temporary custody agreement. However, if not, you can request that the judge sever their parental rights so you can adopt your grandchildren.
Your quickest route to adoption is requesting that your grandchildren’s parents agree to terminate their parental rights. In addition, any child over the age of 12 should consent to the adoption as well.
Grandparent adoptions are challenging
If the children’s parents do not willingly give up their rights and the children are in danger, you will have to go to court. The fight will not be easy. You have to provide proof that the children are in danger, abused or neglected. You also need to provide evidence that you are healthy enough to raise them.
Best interests of the child
Judges typically rule in the best interest of the child, so prepare for temporary custody while the parents complete the judge’s requirements.
Custody and adoptions are not typically awarded based on a disagreement about how your children raise their kids. However, if abuse occurs, gather evidence and prepare for a fight for their adoption.