Is an adopted child related to his grandparents?

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The definition of adoption includes both a legal adoption and an adoption in fact.

An adopted child is related to his grandparents since the child is connected by adoption to his parents who are connected by blood relationship to their parents. Similarly, the child of a spouse living in a long-term common-law relationship is the adopted child in fact of the other spouse if that spouse exercises effective parental care and guidance on a continuing basis. The child will also be related to both sets of grandparents.