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Adoption is only one of the ways a step-parent can acquire parental responsibilities and rights towards a step-child.
Adoption is not the only way a step-parent can obtain parental responsibility for their step-child.
A step family relationship can be formalised without adoption having to occur.
There are a few options available to a step-parent other than actually adopting the step-child.
Other options include:
Sometimes it is not appropriate for a step-child to be adopted. It can also be difficult for a step-parent to obtain an adoption order for their step-child. In those circumstances the step-parent can formalise their relationship with their step-child by using one or more of these alternate options.
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