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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I can't believe it!!!
February 14, 2014, 7:40 am
So our stbad finalization is next week:banana: :banana: :banana: we have her 8 week old sister and her termination trial is the beginning of March!! You read that right, she will be 11 weeks old. I can't believe it, we were told hers would go faster but this has to be the fastest tpr in history!!..."Their story to tell" vs. "getting the word out" --LONG
February 16, 2014, 9:47 pm
I hope I can phrase my question in a was that makes sense...sometimes the things I mean INSIDE my head are hard to force OUTSIDE of my head! :arrow: First of all, realize that this thread only applies to children who have ALREADY BEEN ADOPTED. I'm not talking about breaking confidentiality...
From TPR to finalization in 30 days!!!
February 27, 2014, 5:20 pm
It is FINALLY MY TURN!!!! Exactly 30 days from tpr, we finalized!!! We are the proud parents of: Ethan Arliss & Eliana Grace! I am so happy!!!! God has richly blessed us!S/O finalization parties, baby books, adoption stories...
February 14, 2014, 1:48 pm
Does anyone here NOT do any of this stuff? We have friends who are basically ignoring the adoption aspect of their kids' entry to their family, other than telling them about the bios as they grow up. I know it's different for those who adopt older kids from foster care where the kids already...
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