"I am a stepparent who wants to adopt."

Relative adoption is a formal way to formalize and make legal the special bond between a stepparent or family caregiver and child. Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Green Bay can help individuals through the this process, and move toward their goal of strengthening their family through adoption.


All individuals seeking relative adoption are required to participate in the following steps as part of the screening process:

  • Background clearances.
  • Medical assessment.
  • Review of financial status.
  • Verification of employment.
  • Reference checks.
  • In-person meetings where social history is shared and educational and support elements are discussed.

After these steps have been completed, the agency provides a court report to the presiding judge and attorneys involved in the adoption case. A final ruling in the case is then made.


This is a proven process of assisting children and families throughout and after the adoption process, and advocates for the good of everyone involved.


If you and your family are interested in seeking assistance in pursuing this type of adoption, please contact our staff at (920) 272-8234 or send us an email now at charitiesgb@gbdioc.org.