Simplifying A Complex Process

What to know about adopting your sibling

On Behalf of | Feb 1, 2024 | Adoption

Life is full of twists and turns. One thing that no one expects, however, is that they may someday need to become a parent to their siblings. However, adopting a sibling is a deeply meaningful decision that can provide family unity and stability to the child in need.

Here is what you should know about sibling adoption in Michigan:

Eligibility and requirements

In Michigan, relative adoptions are preferred as they allow the child to be with their biological family. To initiate the adoption process, specific eligibility criteria must be met. Prospective adoptive siblings typically need to be at least 18 years old. If they are married, both spouses must agree to the adoption.

The adoptive sibling will also need to undergo a thorough evaluation to assess their readiness for adoption and demonstrate their ability to provide a stable and nurturing home environment. Furthermore, they must undergo PRIDE training classes and complete a background check.

As part of the adoption process, the biological parents need to sign a consent agreeing to the adoption. If they don’t consent, proceedings to terminate parental rights must be initiated.

Adopting a sibling involves emotional implications for both the adoptee and the prospective adoptive sibling. Open communication and support services can be vital to addressing the various aspects of sibling adoption and facilitating a smooth transition.

Michigan courts are determined to do what’s best for a child. Therefore, even a relative must comply with the state’s adoption laws and regulations. Navigating the legal aspects of adoption can feel daunting. Working with someone who can help you understand the eligibility criteria and procedures can help ensure a smooth process and pave the way for a successful sibling adoption.