If you are thinking of adopting your step child, you need to consider whether your step child should lose their legal tie to the other parent.
Adoption and permanent care programs are responsible for adoptions by step parents and relatives. Step children and adoption explains the legal situation. It should be noted that adoptions by relatives rarely occur in Victoria.
Your local Adoption and Permanent Care Services team will be able to give further assistance if you want to know more about this type of adoption.