What’s the difference between a step-parent adoption and an adult adoption?
That’s a trick question – sometimes, they can be the same thing!
An adult adoption is often used by step-parents of adult step-children to formalize their parent-child relationship. (What are some of the other reasons for an adult adoption? Find out here.) However, if the person being adopted is a minor, then the process of step-parent adoption is different because the State puts safeguards in place to protect minors.