Some Biological Grandparents Can Visit Adopted Grandchildren

The New Jersey Adoption Act gives biological parents no rights over an adopted child. However, says a state appeals court, that doesn’t necessarily mean that biological grandparents don’t have a right to visit the child. In a case out of Bergen County, where the adoptive parents allowed the biological grandparent’s visitation rights, only to cut them off later, the court ruled that because one of the adoptive parents was related to the biological parents (a cousin), the grandparents had visitation rights. The court made a point of noting that the same might not be true of grandparents whose grandchild was adopted by complete strangers.