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Old 01-24-2013, 07:57 PM   #1
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Question Step-parent Adoption

I was just wondering if anyone here has experience with step-parent adoption? I have 2 children ages 7 and 9 from a previous marriage. My husband would like to adopt them. Their bio-dad currently meets all the qualifications for a legal termination of his rights (without his consent) due to abandonment laws in our state.

I guess right now I'm just sort of afraid to take the first step. My children have asked us since DH and I got married if they could change their name. They love my husband and honestly, he's been the best dad to them. Their bio dad has always been inconsistent in their lives. I would never totally exclude him if he asked to see them or if the kids wanted contact, but he chooses to avoid them. He only lives 20 miles from us, and there is really no excuse except that he just doesn't want to be a parent. I just want better for them, and I need to know that if something happened to me, they would be taken care of.
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