Stepparent adoption, as the term implies, is when a stepparent adopts his or her spouse's child(ren). However, a lot more goes into the process. If you are considering stepparent adoption for your family, keep the following few things in mind.
The term "nuclear" doesn't fit most families today. Many kids grow up with stepparents, step siblings, half siblings, two moms, two dads or with grandparents as their guardians. When you enter into a blended family as a stepparent, you might love a child as your own, but you don't get the same parental rights as a biological parent.