If you and your partner are raising a child together, you will want to protect your relationship with your child in the event you and your partner decide to end your relationship.
There is no reason why same sex couples should not be allowed to adopt a child and California is one of only four states that permits same sex couples to adopt children. You can have the same legal status as biological parents have. To make matters just a little easier, it is wise to draw up a parenting agreement with your partner detailing all the rights and duties that come with being a parent.
I encourage you to contact an Orange County Family Law attorney who is familiar with adoption procedures – one who will discuss your rights as a parent and answer any questions and concerns you may have.