Adult Adoptions FAQs
What is an adult adoption?
Can grown adults be legally adopted?
YES. Many states allow adult adoptions, including Oklahoma. However, the law varies from state to state and country to country. The UK, for example, does not allow adult adoptions, while countries like Canada, Germany, and Japan do. In the U.S., the majority of states allow adult adoptions. Still, some come with restrictions regarding the age of the adult person being adopted and the age range between the adoptee and the adoptive parent. In Oklahoma, there are no restrictions on which adults can be adopted.
How do adults get adopted?
Why do adults want to be adopted?
There are several reasons for adult adoption. The 3 most common are:
- A pre-existing relationship between a child and a step-parent has existed for quite some time but is still not legally recognized as the parent and child. Most want to solidify and recognize this close bond they have developed over the years by adopting lawfully.
- Someone who is over 18 with a diminished capacity to care for themselves can be adopted by another adult to ensure long-term care for that person. It can allow them to be covered under the family health insurance and make sure they receive an inheritance from the adoptive parent to continue that care.
- Adoptions ensure a right to inheritance from the adoptive parent’s estate. It legally recognizes that there is a parent/child relationship which allows inheritance according to state law.
What are the benefits of being adopted as an adult?
- Adoption solidifies your relationship by legally recognizing the close bond you have developed over the years. You can legally call yourselves parent and child.
- Adoption allows you to maintain long-term care for another adult with diminished capacity, enables you to cover them under your family health insurance, and ensures they receive an inheritance from you to continue that care.
- According to state law, it legally recognizes that there is a parent/child relationship that allows you to inherit from your adoptive parent.