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Domestic Partner Adoption

Definition - What does Domestic Partner Adoption mean?

Domestic partner adoption is when a person in a domestic partnership adopts, or legally takes on as their own, a child of the other person in the domestic partnership. Domestic partnerships are often comprised of homosexual couples. So, children who are adopted in domestic partner adoptions frequently have two same sex parents. However, this is not always the case.

Justipedia explains Domestic Partner Adoption

A domestic partnership is very similar to a marriage. It involves two people living together and sharing a household. Just like in marriages, one partner may want to adopt the child(ren) of the other. When this happens in a domestic partnership, it is called a domestic partner adoption. Not all states allow domestic partner registration. However, a number of states do. These states include California, Maine, Oregon, and Washington.

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