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I just wanted to add that although I am happy for people in the situation(s) of getting their DH's to adopt their bio-child(ren) from their previous relationships/marriages, I don't want the people on this board to think that I want the bio-parents to sign over their legal rights & not be part of their child(ren)'s lives & that's what I am an advocate for or that I want to see happen in everyone's situation.
Ideally, I'd prefer to see the parents (both bio ones) be equally involved, actively involved & support the children both emotionally & financially. But...there are cases that I've seen on the board that one of the bio-parent(s) in the child(ren)'s lives, aren't actively involved, not paying CS & not doing the right thing, so the step-parents that are willing to step-up & act the role of the absent parent, and adopt, that's great news.
I had to add this b/c I didn't want to seem like a host/person that was actively looking for all absent bio-parents to sign over their rights & not be involved. In the "ideal" world, both bio-parents, would be both involved & co-parent as they should. Some times this can't/doesn't happen & when it doesn't, it's sad.
So in the cases in which the bio-parents aren't able to come together for their child(ren), it's nice to see the step-parent(s) step-up & take over as a loving, active role in the child(ren)'s lives.
Hope that make's sense, just wanted to make sure you guys didn't think I was wanting every single non-custodial parent to be signing over their legal rights as "mom" (or) "dad"...
Hope that make's sense to you all. I just wanted to make this statement & clarify my personal position on this issue.