What are the laws on adoption in New York?

Can an adult be adopted? Can a step-parent adopt the child of a spouse?


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Adoption law is covered in Domestic Relations Law, Article VII. Adoptions can be considered private placement or agency. General considerations for adoption are in Domestic Relations Law § 110 Who may adopt and Domestic Relations Law § 111 Whose Consent required. Adult adoptions are permitted if it creates a parent-child relationship. Step-parent adoptions are covered in Domestic Relations Law § 115-b (8) and Domestic Relations Law § 116 (6).

Adoptions are complex and the advice of an attorney is recommended.


  • Last Updated Mar 16, 2022
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