When a Pennsylvania resident gets married to someone who has children from a prior marriage or has children him or herself and is getting married to someone other than the children's biological parent, one of their primary aims in the union is to give their children stability. While raising children in a loving and supportive atmosphere is one way to do this, another way to ensure children feel like they are a valuable part of the blended family is through stepparent adoption.
Sometimes, especially when a child's biological parent is not in the picture, the child's stepparent will step in and provide the child with the parental love and support any child needs. Sometimes the parties wish to make this parent-child relationship formal through stepparent adoption. One issue that does come up in a stepparent adoption is the issue of consent.
When one thinks of adoption, their thoughts may initially go to the adoption of infants and toddlers from other countries. While international adoption is one type of adoption that some Pennsylvanians may pursue, there are other types of adoption that occur closer to home. One of these is the adoption of a stepchild by a stepparent.