If you're interested in adopting your step-child find details and next steps here.
If your partner is a parent of a child/children from a previous relationship, you may wish to formally take on parental responsibility for your step-child.
One way of doing this is by step-parent adoption.
If you're a resident of Suffolk and are interested in adopting your step-child please read the step-parent adoption information booklet, before contacting us.
By reading this information you'll find out:
- what step-parent adoption is
- alternatives to step-parent adoption
- who can apply for step-parent adoption
- how to apply
- our contact details
PLEASE NOTE – Suffolk County Council offers an enquiry service to those considering step -parent adoption; however, due to temporary staffing difficulties will not be able to offer the next step, an assessment or court reporting service before July 2017.
We will operate a waiting list during this time and allocate the work on a priority basis. We apologise for this inconvenience and will reinstate the full service at the earliest possible opportunity.
How to apply
The steps to applying for step-parent adoption are:
- Make enquiries to the local authority whose area you live in, and register an interest in step-parent adoption
- The local authority will investigate your suitability to become the child's adoptive parent, and the appropriateness of adoption
- You'll be required to give the local authority at least 3 months written notice of your intention to apply to the Court
- An application is made to the court
- The local authority submits a report to the Court on your suitability and the appropriateness of adoption
- The Court considers your application and the local authority's report, and makes a decision
Read our step-parent adoption information (PDF, 388 KB) booklet for more details.