In Wisconsin the term “relative” is broadly defined. According to Wisconsin’s Children’s Code a relative is:
a parent, stepparent, brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister, half-brother, half-sister, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, first cousin, 2nd cousin, nephew, niece, uncle, aunt, step-uncle, step-aunt, or any person of a preceding generation as denoted by the prefix of grand, great, or great-great, whether by blood, marriage, or legal adoption, or the spouse of any person named in this subsection, even if the marriage is terminated by death or divorce. Wis. Stat. § 48.02(15).
Adoptions of Wisconsin can provide the necessary court report and screening needed for a relative adoption. The screening process takes anywhere from 4-6 weeks to complete. This screening consists of the gathering of information about you, your background, employment and financial history, work history and health status. Background checks are also conducted. You will meet with an AOW social worker a minimum of two times: once at your home and once at our agency. All information gathered is summarized in a report that is sent to the court as part of the termination of parental rights and adoption finalization hearings.