It is quite common for a stepparent in a marriage would want and does adopt the minor child/children of his/her spouse. It is relatively easy when the biological parent consents and there are no issues regarding the stepparent, such as a history of domestic violence or drug abuse, to name a couple. Another situation is when one biological parent has abandoned the children for considerable length of time without even attempting to contact them. Basically, the judge is terminating that parent’s parental rights altogether. This is a high burden. It can be considered when a biological parent is sentenced to a lengthy time in jail. The adoption is easier if there has been an Order Terminating Parental Rights issued earlier. The adopting stepparent should keep in mind that when he/she adopts, he/she becomes the parent in every aspect (all the duties and responsibilities). If done with the heart, a grand thing to do.