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Unfortunately once a person is over 18, adoption cannot occur as that person is legally an adult. Adoption can actually occur until a person is 19 years old, but only if the adoption process was started before they turned 18.
Your relationship with your stepfather is obviously extremely important to you and him, and whilst it is not a legal relationship, he can still treat you as his child and make provision for you in his will if he wishes to, but he needs to ensure that he names you in relation to any gift in his will so that there is no confusion.
I know this isn't the answer you wanted, but it is how the law works in England at this time.
Yes, there has to be a cut off point and as 18 is the age of majority, when we consider young people to be adults, that is the age adoption is no longer feasible.