A relative adoption of a child who is not in foster care proceeds differently than if the child is in foster care. If a relative is adopting a child who is not in foster care, typically four interested parties work together in the adoption:

  • Custodial birthparent,
  • Noncustodial birthparent,
  • Relative, and/or
  • The adoptee (child to be adopted).

This adoption can be initiated without a home study. However, a home study must be completed before the adoption can be granted. The adoption provides legal recognition of the emotional attachment that has already been formed.  For more information about a relative adoption, please contact us at (989) 839-0534.