Simple Adoption Law & Legal Definition


A simple adoption refers to a type of adoption that establishes a new legal parent-child relationship between the child and his/her adoptive parents, without terminating the parent-child relationship which existed before the adoption.

In simple adoption, adoptive parents have parental responsibility for the child. It allows some of the legal bonds between an adopted child and his/her birth family to remain. However, it is less restrictive in its requirements and less radical in effects than plenary adoption.