Adoptions. 

 

The legal process of establishing a legal parent-child relationship when the adopting parent is not the child’s biological or birth parent.  In California, adopting parents must be at least 10 years older than the child they are adopting, with the exceptions of stepparents or relative adoptions. The adoption process requires a home study by the county’s Department of Children and Family Services, criminal background checks and a court hearing before a judge.  

 

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