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A person adopting a child is known as adoptive parent. An adoptive parent must complete all the requirements to legally adopt a child who is not related to him/her naturally. Any adult whom the court declares to be a fit parent can adopt a child. An adoptive parent can be a husband; wife; or husband and wife together, grandparents or even an unmarried person. The best interest of the child is given paramount importance in all policy considerations toward adoption.
In the U.S. there are state specific rules regarding the status of adoptive parents and they vary from state to state. An individual must meet the qualifications under the laws of his/her state for adopting a child. An adoptive parent has all the responsibilities of a biological parent.