4-parent adoption a first in Minnesota

Updated: November 28, 2019 07:13 AM

It's a first of its kind here in Minnesota: an adoption involving four parents.

Lexi Schlegel's mom, Becca, tragically died in a car accident in May 2018. She lost her mom, but gained four parents.


Lexi, 5, has two sets of grandparents on her mother's side due to remarriage. This summer, all four petitioned to legally adopt her and share custody with the consent of her biological father.

The two sets of grandparents live about 10 miles apart, and Lexi spends time evenly at each home. The four of them say they make a good team.

"If Lexi does something cute, we will snap a picture and send it back and forth.  If she's having a little fit, we'll talk about that together, too," said Jill Schlegel, one of Lexi's adoptive parents.

"It doesn't matter what your family looks like, it just matters that you are loved. Lexi is definitely very loved," Jill said.

This is the first four-parent adoption in Minnesota.

Nearly 20 years ago, the Minnesota Court of Appeals first recognized a three-parent arrangement. Legal experts said cases like this are likely to become more common as traditional family formations change and evolve.

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