When you adopt a child, you take over parenting, usually from the birth parent(s), who stop having any parental rights and responsibilities (unless it's a step-parent adoption, where the step-parent becomes a joint parent with the birth parent). This process creates new and permanent family ties.
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How can I adopt an adult?
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