If you find yourself wishing to adopt a relative of yours, it is important that you meet with an attorney who can help you understand whether the adoption would qualify as a ‘relative adoption’ or if it needs to follow the ‘independent adoption’ track. The requirements and process differ depending on how the adoption is qualified under the law. In general, a relative adoption is one in which a parent has placed a minor child with the minor’s sibling, first cousin, aunt, uncle, great-aunt, great-uncle, grandparent, or great-grandparent, for the purposes of that relative adopting the minor child. If you are related by blood to the prospective adoptee but do not fit one of the above described relationship categories, then your adoption will likely need to proceed as an independent adoption. If you have questions about the difference between relative and independent adoptions, and how to proceed with adopting a relative, please contact our office for a consultation with Attorney Timothy Heinle.