Can I Adopt My Sister’s Baby?
The answer to most modern-day legal questions is usually: “It depends.” State adoption laws determine who is eligible to adopt a child. In New York, the main laws regarding adoptions can be found in Dom. Rel. §109-117. Generally speaking, the following requirements must be fulfilled before the adoption of any baby can occur:
- The adoptive parent must be an adult over the age of 18
- They can be single or married, and sexual orientation is irrelevant
- The only time a minor person can adopt a child is if they are married to someone over the age of 18 and their spouse has a child
- Sometimes, but very rarely, a minor can adopt another minor without being married; for example, when a sibling near the age of majority adopts their own younger sibling
***Anthony Zurica is an Attorney specializing in Adoption Law and a guest writer for Considering Adoption. Based in New York City, Anthony stands by his clients as an ally and friend during the entire process of adoption, from application to successfully becoming a parent. Although adoption can be an emotional and oftentimes lengthy process, Anthony is committed to being there every step of the way, 24/7. Dedicating his life to inspiring optimism and encouraging patience, Anthony works closely with individuals and families. Furthermore, Anthony is a proponent and advocate for LGBT families. Anthony also volunteers as a CASA (court-appointed special advocate for children), and is on the junior board of the New York Foundling, a charity that that empowers thousands of children and families to live independent, stable and fulfilling lives throughout NY. Find out more and feel free to get in touch through his website, www.nycadoptionlawyer.com, Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.