Your newest family member is finally home, however, a completed placement isn't the final step for the legal side of adoption. In fact, an adoption may not be legally complete for a few weeks, months or a year following an adoptee's homecoming while the courts finish processing paperwork and can deem the adoption being legally final. The times certainly vary, but the finalization of an adoption generally happens a few weeks after a placement has occurred and is extremely difficult to overturn without serious allegations of illegal behavior being made. During the gap between placement and the finalizing of an adoption, adoptive parents may have a stack of paperwork to fill out and a case worker may spend this time supervising an adoptive household in preparation of petitioning or recommending that the judge finalizes the adoption. At the adoption hearing, adoptive parents may be asked to speak about their intent to care for and love the child.
After an adoption hearing, which takes anywhere from half an hour to an hour, the adoptive parents will be given a certificate of adoption, or an adoption decree, that operates as a temporary birth certificate. Generally, the adoptee's parents can redeem this for the child's new birth certificate immediately after an adoption is finalized. This document is incredibly important as it enables and legally binds the child to his or her adoptive parents. An adoptee's original birth certificate with his or her birth parents' names on it is likely to be sealed in an adoption record filed with the state on the day of the issuance of his or her new birth certificate, which is more than a document at that point. It's also symbolic of the child's new beginnings. It's, of course, practical in its eventual use for a variety of job, insurance or educational applications later in the adoptee's life and will also enable an adoptee to be listed on his or her adoptive parents' health care and insurance policies.
For infant adoptions, the finalization proceedings may require the birth mother's presence if she didn't terminate her parental rights in the hospital after the child's birth. In the event of this, the final hearing will double as the adoption finalization procedure.
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December 6, 2013, 9:02 am
So we got our subsidy packets for Dimples and Cappy. I'm totally freaked out by this. It says they have to try to find an adoptive placement that does not need subsidy before giving subsidy. I'm so scared that if we apply or need subsidy that they will move them. They are very adoptable. It says...I'm way late but finally back with a court update
December 9, 2013, 10:02 pm
Okay so I posted a while ago about court coming up. It was our 12 month review/permanency hearing and we were told there would be a goal change. Thankfully it all went pretty well according to plan. The judge agreed the plan needed to be changed from RU to adoption. We were listed on the paper...
December 4, 2013, 6:18 pm
I know I don't post on here much, but I am a constant lurker and I always love to see the finalization posts! So here is ours: Just a week shy of turning 7 months old, we finalized the adoption of our baby girl, Ruby. :love: What an amazing and interesting journey this has been!Just a short update
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