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Can potential guardians become ineligible?

You never want to see your child with someone dangerous, but there's also little to no way to know everything about another person. As someone who is now looking into taking on the guardianship of a child, you should know that there are actually steps in place to prevent injuries to children by reviewing the history of the potential guardian.

Can any stepparent adopt a stepchild?

When you get married, it's one of the happiest days of your life. This could only be made better by the growth of your family with your stepchild. For many people, becoming the father or mother to a stepchild is a great achievement and something they're proud to do. For some, the end goal is to adopt their stepchild and become a parent with all the responsibilities and legal rights as a biological parent would have.

How do you obtain guardianship of a child?

When there's a child you want to take guardianship of, it's not as easy as saying you want to do that and going to court. On top of the court paperwork, you'll need to obtain the parents' consent for you to take over guardianship. If the parents are deceased and you've been left as a guardian, that's a different situation that is addressed directly at the time of the parents' passing.

What are some important facts to know about adopting?

Adopting a child is a way to grow your family as well as to give a child in need a family to belong to. Parents who want to adopt in the U.S. have several options including seeking the help of an adoption agency. Sometimes, people are approached by birth parents directly or seek international adoptions.

Founder of Families Now reads list of foster children in capitol

When you think about foster care, you may not be quite sure about adopting through it. Some myths of foster care include that children are unstable or have been victims of violence. Myths suggest that all children in foster care act out or are aggressive or dangerous. People believe that these children have challenges with their behaviors and may be hard to house.