Many families are built or extended through adoption. Most people are familiar with the purpose and nature of adoption – the creation of a permanent parent/child relationship between a child and the adopting parents. When a child is adopted he or she is thereafter considered the child of the adopting parents and is entitled to the same rights and privileges as if he or she were born to the adopting parents. This includes the right to inherit by or through the adoptive parents. Most people think of this process or are familiar with adoption as it relates to infants or children.