Children in stepfamilies: Their legal and family status

Children in stepfamilies: Their legal and family status

Policy Background Paper (AIFS) no. 4

Patricia Harper

Archived publication— April 1984
Children in stepfamilies: Their legal and family status

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This paper discusses the appropriateness of adoption as a means of establishing the legal status and family relationships of stepchildren with their stepparents. It examines the legal alternatives to adoption and concludes that an order for guardianship and/ or custody would better meet the needs of the children involved. The author argues that an adoption order should be made only in exceptional circumstances.

Policy background paper (Australian Institute of Family Studies) no. 4

Publication details

Archived publication
Published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, April 1984.
38 pp.
ISSN: 
0818-5352
ISBN: 
0-642-87666-5

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