Enclosed is a downloadable editable petition to terminate parental rights and have stepparent adopt the child. This document was successfully used in a Harris County, Texas case recently.
How do you adopt your stepchild? This document reflects the proper lawsuit that is filed to accomplish terminating parental rights and adopting the child. A stepfather cannot adopt a child until the father has terminated his rights. This document shows the proceeding that is necessary to accomplish this goal. Several items must be done including having a custody evaluator to the home of the proposed adopting parent.