Maurice Griffin was put up for adoption when he was only 3 years old.  Luckily for him, he was placed into the care of “a very loving home” for close to 10 years.  However, according to Griffin, he “wanted to be treated like a real son.”  This meant that he wanted his foster parents to spank him like they spanked their biological sons.  When Griffin’s social worker got wind of this news two months shy of his adoption date, she packed his bags and took him away.

Thereafter, for the next three years, he went from one foster home to another where he would misbehave in hopes of returning to his original foster family.  According to him, “in my young mind, I had decided that if I acted out everywhere, they would put me back with my family.”

Unfortunately, his tactics did not work.  He ended up going to college and then moved to San Diego for work.

However, in his late 20’s, his foster mother found Griffin through social media.  It seems as though they hadn’t given up on him either.  They made frequent visits until “Griffin told her he still wanted to be adopted.”

On Valentine’s Day, Griffin filed the adoption papers.  According to him, “I filed on Valentine’s Day, because I wanted her to know she was my valentine.”

When Can an Adult Be Adopted?

Each state has different laws with regard to adult adoptions.  Some states completely forbid adult adoptions.  Therefore, before you proceed with any type of adoption, you should consult with an attorney who is knowledgeable and experienced with the adoption laws of your state.

Some reasons a person may wish to adopt an adult include the following:

Adoption is a means of ensuring that the adopted adult will inherit your assets, just as if he or she was your natural born child.  However, because certain states forbid adult adoptions, you should consult with an attorney to find alternate ways to ensure that your adopted adult receives the desired inheritance.

By legally adopting a person with diminished capacity, you can ensure that the person can receive the benefits of your insurance coverage, inheritance, or other means that will provide the person with financial and health care resources for the remainder of his or her life.

  • To formalize parent-child relationships

Stepparents or foster parents may wish to adopt adult children with whom they have enjoyed a parent-child relationship for a number of years. The adoption might not have occurred at an earlier date due to a lack of consent by one of the adoptee’s biological parents, or due to some other legal impediment.

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