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Can a female adopt her girlfriend's child after the father signs over his parental rights?

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July 14, 2009 8:08PM

The ability to adopt a child as a gay or lesbian parent varies from state to state. Gays and lesbians have several options open to them when considering adoption. What you are wanting to do is know as second parent adoption. A second parent adoption is where an unmarried couple jointly adopts a child who is already the child of one of them. After the adoption, the child has two legal parents with equal rights. As you said the child's father has already signed over his parental rights, the first step in the process, and often most difficult has been completed.