What is an adult adoption? How do you adopt an adult?
Adoption isn't just for children. Actually, adult adoption (adopting a person aged 18 or over) is quite common. But many people still wonder, "Can I adopt an adult?"
Adopting an adult person creates a parent and child relationship, and legally terminates the parental relationship of the parent who is being displaced. After adoption, the same benefits and responsibilities exist as if the adoptee was born to the adopting parent.
Adult Step Parent Adoption Is the most common type of adult adoption.
Most adult adoptions are by a step parent. Often they did not do the adoption when the adoptee was a child due to the fact the absent parent would not consent. An adult adoption does not require the absent parent's consent, however. Also, if desired, an adult adoption even gives you the chance to do a free name change (such as the adoptee taking the last name of the adopting parent). But not every adult adoption is a step parent adoption, as where the adoptee has formed a strong relationship with replacement parenting figures, whether a couple, or a single woman or man.
Does Los Angeles County require a home study or investigation?
No. Because there are no children involved, there is no legal requirement for a home study or investigation in adult adoptions. This saves time and money. Without the requirement of a home study or investigation, most of Randy's clients are in court to finalize their adoption within two months of starting the process.
What paperwork is required when adopting an adult in Los Angeles County?
The only negative thing when you adopt an adult is it actually involves more legal paperwork than some other types of adoption. And unlike some other counties, the Los Angeles Superior Court does not have pre-printed forms for adult adoption. This mean that each document must be custom drafted, outside the realm of most non-attorneys. Randy's job is to do all those forms, so all you have to do is sign them. The usual forms are the Adult Petition for Adoption (to see a sample click here), the Adult Adoption Agreement, the Spousal Consent to Adult Adoption (if the adoptive parent or adoptee is married), the Order of Adoption, the Memorandum to Set for Hearing, and the VS-44 (to create the amended birth certificate if desired). Additional documents and pleadings are required in some cases, such as "second parent" adoptions, but those documents are also included in the flat fee, if needed.
What are Randy's qualifications and fees?
Randy has been an adoption attorney for 33 years, limiting his practice to adoption. He has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, is profiled on Wikipedia, and has a 5-star client rating on Avvo. He is a member of the Academy of California Adoption Lawyers. Please see the links below for client reviews and to view his credentials, or learn about his background and experience at About Randy. Randy charges a flat fee of $1,500 to do a standard adult adoption (compared to most attorneys who charge hourly). With a flat fee you will know the exact cost of your adoption in advance. His fee includes the preparation of all required legal documents, setting the hearing date, appearing with you in court and all office costs (postage, mileage, et cetera). There is no required investigation (so no fee), and Randy pays the court filing fee, so no expense to you.
How Do We Get Started?
The initial consultation with Randy is free and can usually be done over the phone. It takes approximately 30 minutes. If you wish to call him first, he is happy to answer a quick question or two: 818-582-2374. Or you can email him at Randy@StepparentAdoptionCenter.org
Before Randy schedules your consultation, however, he must first have you complete a questionnaire. This gives him more information about your case, so he can advise you fully during your consultation. You can complete and submit it online below. Upon receiving it, Randy will contact you promptly.
The Stepparent Adoption Center
15260 Ventura Blvd, Suite 1200
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(Also serving surrounding counties.)
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Amazing experience
Posted by Ashley, January 3, 2019
From the very beginning, and every step of the way, Randy was absolutely amazing. His knowledge, professionalism and efficiency were spot on, and his individualized service was much appreciated. This whole experience was life changing, and we will be forever grateful to Randy for his dedication to helping our family.
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Flawless execution!
Posted by David, January 2, 2019
Randy handled the adoption of my son. It was absolutely flawless and worry free. He was upfront and kept us informed every step of the way. Highly recommend his service. Thanks again Randy!
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Excellent attorney!
Posted by Katelin, December 9, 2018
Randy is an excellent attorney! He was very informative every step of the way through our adoption process. Explained everything in detail and returned all my emails and phone calls right away! I highly recommend him for anyone wanting to start the adoption process. We are very happy we chose him!