Grandchildren are an important part of any family, and many grandparents share a special bond with their grandchildren. However, if you have taken on a parenting role and are raising your grandchild in your home, you may want to consider creating a more permanent, legal relationship through grandparent adoption.
Below, learn more about grandparent adoption in Kansas City and the services Kevin Kenney provides to help you legally establish the important role you play in your grandchild’s life.
Why Adopt a Grandchild?
Grandparent adoption is exactly that: the adoption of a child by his or her grandparents. If you are currently raising your grandchild in your home, the adoption process provides you with the important legal rights you need to successfully parent him or her. Without adoption, grandparents have limited legal rights to their grandchildren.
It is important to legally formalize your relationship with your child for a number of reasons, including:
- Social security benefits
- Inheritance rights and insurance benefits for the child
- Permanence and stability for the child and your family
- Parental rights that allow you to make medical decisions for your child and perform other everyday parenting tasks
- And more
There are many reasons why you may find yourself considering a grandparent adoption. Most importantly, as your grandchild’s primary caregiver, you need and deserve all of the legal parental rights necessary to properly care for the child.
How to Adopt a Grandchild in Kansas City
The process to adopt a grandchild in Kansas City is very similar to any other form of adoption — it is a legal process that requires the services of an experienced adoption attorney.
Kevin Kenney has completed many grandparent and relative adoptions in both Missouri and Kansas during his 20 years of experience as an adoption attorney. He can provide all of the services necessary to complete your grandparent adoption and guide you through the process from start to finish, including:
- Filing the initial adoption petition
- Providing notice to any biological parents having rights to the child
- Terminating parental rights
- Finalizing the adoption
- Obtaining a new birth certificate and social security number
- And more
The grandparent adoption process may seem overwhelming at times. But with the assistance of an experienced adoption attorney, you can provide your grandchild with the stability and permanency that he or she deserves and ensure you have all of the legal rights you need as your grandchild’s primary caregiver.
To learn more about grandparent adoption in Kansas City and the grandparent adoption process with Kevin Kenney, contact him today to schedule a consultation.