Are you considering adopting a relative ? There are many circumstances that may open the door to a relative adoption, including untimely death, incarceration or incapacitation of a child's parents, or removal of a child by social services, amongst others. Whatever the case may be, our firm works to educate you about your rights as a relative and to assist you in navigating the adoption process. If you are a grandparent, aunt, uncle, adult sibling, adult cousin, or another family member interested in learning more about relative adoptions, we encourage you to reach out to our firm for guidance. Having helped families throughout Michigan and the United States successfully complete their adoption journeys, our adoption lawyers have the legal abilities and unwavering commitment needed to see that you receive the assistance and support you deserve. Adopting a relative means that you will assume all of the responsibilities associated with the child. Just as with any adoption process, the State of Michigan establishes numerous procedures and requirements that must be met in order for a relative to qualify for adoption. These may include criminal background checks and home studies, and the filing of a formal petition with the court. Frequently Asked Questions Q: Who is considered an eligible relative for adoptions? A: You must be related to the child within the 5th degree. This includes grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, second cousins, great aunts and uncles, and siblings. Q: How are the legal parents rights terminated? A: There are many different means to terminating parental rights. The quickest and easiest method to terminating parental rights is through their consent at a consent hearing. If the parents refused to consent but are not providing proper care to the child, then a petition can be filed in the juvenile court for neglect/abandonment. Q: How much does a relative adoption cost? The filing fees range from $185 to $235 depending on the county you are filing in. The attorney fees depend on your particular situation, but usually start at $2000. The fees will be higher if the parents do not consent to the adoption. Q: Does the child have to consent to the adoption? A: If the child is 14 years or older, than he or she must consent. Consent is not required for children under the age of 14. Q: Can I change the child's name? A: A new birth certificate will be issued by the State of Michigan after the adoption is finalized. That birth certificate will resemble the child's original birth certificate, with the only difference being the adoptive parent's name will be listed as the parent. At the time of the adoption, the adoptee's name can be changed if you so choose, and the new birth certificate will reflect the name change. Q: How long does it take for a relative adoption? A: Most counties will process the petition in less than six months. Q: Do I have to have a homestudy? A: This depends on the county you are filing in. Homestudies are usually not required. However, in counties such as Oakland, you will pay a fee at the time of filing the petition, for an adoption worker from the county to do a homestudy on you.