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New York Relative Adoption Attorney

Kinship / Relative Adoption

Both U.S. federal law and New York state law allow eligible family members to adopt relatives. Having worked with more than 6,000 families throughout our years of practice, our New York adoption attorneys have been part of numerous relative adoptions both domestically and internationally from non-Hague countries. While the process of adopting a relative may not necessarily be easy, our firm can provide you with the information, experienced assistance and genuine support needed to complete these legal actions successfully.

There are many circumstances that may open the door to a relative adoption, including untimely death, incarceration or incapacitation of a child's parents, or removal of a child by social services, among others. Whatever the case may be, our firm works to educate you about your rights as a relative and assist you in navigating the adoption process.

Adopting a relative means that you will assume all of the responsibilities associated with the child. Just as with any adoption process, the State of New York establishes numerous procedures and requirements that must be met in order for a relative to qualify for adoption. These may include pre-certification requirements, such as criminal background checks and home studies, and the filing of a formal petition with the court.

Discuss Your Relative Adoption Needs

If you are a grandparent, aunt, uncle, adult sibling, adult cousin, or another family member interested in learning more about relative adoptions, we encourage you to reach out to our firm as soon as possible. Having helped families throughout New York, New Jersey and the United States successfully complete their adoption journeys, our New York adoption lawyers have the legal abilities and unwavering commitment needed to see that you receive the assistance and support you deserve.

Hear From Our Clients

See How We've Helped Families Come Together
  • “It made me smile because my love for my son will be for infinity and so will yours for him.”

    Danielle O.

  • “My sincere thanks to the Greenberg family for brining my son HOME!”


  • “We will be forever grateful to the Greenbergs for bringing us together as a family.”

    The Drew Family

  • “James Greenberg is our favorite lawyer EVER!”

    Former Client

  • “Every step of the way, Joel was always available to us, walking us through the application process.”

    Mary Ann, Ray and Kim

  • “I would tell anyone if they want to grow their family through adoption that the Greenberg's can help them.”


  • “The best thing that Barbara and Joel ever did was make a community of adopted children. ”

    K. Barnett

  • “Working with James was a HUGE blessing.”

    Former Client

  • Our Adoption Story

    Read how partners J. Michael Greenberg and Barbara Greenberg have personally experienced the joy and blessing of adoption.

    Read Our Story
  • Are You Ready to Adopt?

    Get to know the adoption process in New York and find out what the next steps are on your journey to making your adoption dreams a reality.

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  • Meet Our Extended Family

    Take a look through our extended family photo gallery to see all of the families we have helped expand through the process of adoption.

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Take the First Step Toward Growing Your Family
  1. We have assisted over 6,000 families through the adoptoin process.
  2. We provide both domestic and international adoption assistance.
  3. We have been representing families in NY and beyond for over 40 years.
  4. We help singles, married couples, and same-sex partners start their families.
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