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Six children adopted by family friend after their mother dies

Many residents of Northern Kentucky and elsewhere might think of adoption as a simple matter involving a couple adopting a baby or older child, if they have wanted children for a long time. However, adopting a child can be a much more complex matter in some cases. For example, a grandparent or other relative with custody of the children might wish to adopt them, thereby giving them more legal rights for the best interests of the children. Foster parents could make plans to adopt children under their care. A step-parent might wish to become the child’s legal parent. These are only a few examples of adoption options that are somewhat different from the norm, but no less important.

Recently, a couple from Virginia made news when they adopted a family friend’s six children after the friend’s death. While the mother was receiving treatment for breast cancer, she asked her friend if she would be willing to adopt her children if she did not survive the illness. The two prepared temporary custody documents in advance of a court hearing. After the mother’s death last May, the couple began adoption proceedings and became the children’s legal parents in July. Reportedly, the children’s fathers did not protest the adoption request.

This touching story shows how it may be possible for anyone with a genuine interest in a child’s well-being to adopt, including a family friend instead of a blood relative. Such cases may also be beneficial because they could keep siblings together, rather than being separated in different foster families. These types of adoption cases would require sound legal counsel.

Source: ABC News, "Mom of 3 Adopts Friend’s 6 Kids After Her Death," Nicole Pelletiere, July 20, 2016

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