Adult Adoption

Most adoption cases involve children under the age of 18. However, there is no legal limit on the age at which someone can be adopted in New York. There are a number of reasons why an individual or couple may wish to pursue legal adoption of an adult adoptee.

Since 1993, Cliff Greenberg has handled a wide range of adoptions throughout New York. We have seen the laws in New York change to reflect non-traditional relationships in individuals' best interests. Our founding attorney Cliff Greenberg is a passionate advocate committed to helping families navigate through the legal system, even if the adoption seems untraditional.

Every family dynamic is unique. In some cases, adults with physical or mental limitations may benefit from an adoption. In other words, adults simply wish to be adopted by loving parents, who did not adopt them when they were children. If you are looking to adopt an adult in your family, contact our New York City adult adoption attorneys. We offer free initial consultations so there is no risk in finding out about the legal options available to your family.

The adoptions attorneys at Greenberg Bryant & Bleier, LLP, family law are experienced at helping clients explore the options available to protect their loved one's best interests. We have experience helping clients with all types of adult adoptions, including the following:

  • Mental or physical incapacity: When an adult has become mentally or physically incapacitated, his or her caretaker may wish to consider pursuing an adoption. This would reflect a more intimate relationship than the alternative option of legal guardianship.
  • Foster child adoption: When a child has been brought into a family through foster care but has not been formally adopted before his or her 21st birthday, his or her foster parents may wish to formalize the relationship through an adoption.
  • Recognition of a close relationship: Families come in all shapes and sizes. It is not uncommon for unrelated adults to form parent-child bonds. In some cases, it is beneficial for people who have formed these bonds to go through the formal adoption process.

We have handled more than 4,000 adoptions and have had the honor of representing all types of families. All families have their own goals and desires. No matter what your circumstances are, you can feel confident knowing we will guide you through the legal system in pursuit of your loved one's best interest.