Hugging and kissing a step-granddaughter

Q: When my grandchildren come over and give me hugs and kisses, my step-granddaughter also does. Is it permissible to give a hug and kiss to a step-granddaughter?
A: If she became your step-daughter when she was very young and was accustomed to giving a hug and kiss, it is permissible. She is like an actual granddaughter. But if she came into the family when she was older – it is forbidden. We do not follow the biological connection but the regular connection of life and how she feels. There are some who are strict.