Over the last 14 years I have represented many prospective parents in just about every type of adoption, including stepparent adoptions, relative adoptions, agency adoptions and foreign adoptions. Family adoptions involve a family member who would like to adopt another family member into his/her family, such as grandparents interested in adopting a grandchild or an aunt eager to adopt a niece or nephew or even a sister wanting to adopt a younger brother or sister. Stepparent adoptions occur when a stepparent wants to adopt a step child. These forms of adoption require the adoptive parents to make an effort to locate the biological or legal parents, if one or both are still alive. The law requires that each legal parent receive notice of the adoption action at the onset of the case. Children can also be adopted through a local agency or abroad. These forms of adoption do not require consent from the legal or biological parents, even if they are alive.