Whether you are a stepparent or you are thinking about adopting a child, it is important to review various legal considerations that apply to your situation and carefully think about the well-being of your child (or your future stepchild). Moreover, it is a good idea to go over statistics on stepchildren in order to develop a better understanding of this issue.
Every year, loving stepparents adopt many children and provide them with a brighter future. In order to increase the chances of a favorable outcome, make sure you closely review your responsibilities and the adoption process.
How many stepchildren live in US households?
Data published by the US Census Bureau sheds light on the number of stepchildren living in households across the country. In 2018, over 95 million children lived in households in the US and over 3.8 million were stepchildren, according to the American Community Survey. Moreover, adopted kids accounted for over 2 million of these children.
What are some other statistics on stepchildren?
This survey also found that a majority of kids living in a stepfamily were between the ages of 12 and 17, while fewer were under the age of 6 in comparison to children between the ages of 6 and 11. A majority of stepchildren lived in families with a married householder. However, many kids lived in homes where the householder was not married or had no partner.
If you are considering becoming a stepparent, is essential to take a careful look at your unique circumstances and focus on how you can provide your child (or children) with a loving home.