The process in a court of law by which an adoption is decreed to be permanent and binding by a judge. After this point, it is extremely difficult to overturn an adoption unless fraud, duress, baby-selling or other allegations can be proven.
The day of finalization is an exciting day for the adoptive parents and for the adopted child as well (if the adopted child is old enough to understand what's going on).
The JUDGE reviews appropriate papers, recommendations from the social worker and other documents and approves the adoption in writing.
Subsequent to the court hearing, most states require the original birth certificate to become sealed and a new amended birth certificate will be issued with the adoptive parents' names as the parents.
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©2000 by Christine Adamec and William Pierce, Ph.D. Reprinted from The Encyclopedia of Adoption, 2nd Edition (2nd Edition) with permission of Facts On File, Inc.
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