For some, finding a match happens within their own family. If everyone agrees to work together
for the child's best interests, this is a great way to strengthen your family. Relative
adoptions, stepparent adoptions, and even adult
adoptions, not only strengthen extended families that already exist, they are usually less complex and less expensive
than third-party adoptions between unrelated families. Care must be taken, however, not to cause needless family rifts
with overzealous efforts to terminate rights to children. If a child is close with an adult that other family members seek
to terminate, both the child and the terminated adult will resent even an otherwise successful adoption. See
more about this in the Note about contested adoptions on our Legal Steps page.