Adult adoptions are adoptions of anyone who is over the age of 18. Adult adoptions are permitted by North Carolina law. Most of these adoptions are completed to secure inheritance rights, although there may be other factors at play. In adult adoptions, consent of the birth/legal parents is not required although certain members of the families will have to be notified. An adult adoption will have the same effect as any other adoption in North Carolina – the rights of the prior legal parents are terminated, and a new legal bond is formed between the adoptee and his/her adoptive parent(s).