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Adoption Vocabulary 101: Consent? Revocation? Finalization? What Does It All Mean?

November 5, 2012

A lot of the fear surrounding adoption is related to the lack of understanding of these three important adoption vocabulary words. I’m hoping with a little “Adoption Vocabulary 101,” I can demystify some of it for you!

Consent: Consent refers to the agreement by a parent, or a person or agency acting in place of a parent, to relinquish the child for adoption and to release all rights and duties with respect to that child. In most States, the consent must be in writing and either witnessed and notarized or executed before a judge, attorney, or other designated official.

Revocation: The revocation period refers to the length of time the birth mother or father has to change their mind after signing consent. There are many states that do not have a revocation period.

Finalization: Finalization hearings usually take place within a year of the time the child is placed in the home, in some states as early as 2-6 months after placement. Your adoption is not legally complete until you have gone through the finalization process. Prior to finalization, post-placement visits are required to be preformed by the social worker who initially completed the home study. The court will seek to establish that the child has been placed in a loving, secure home. At the time of finalization, you should be prepared to present all information included in your adoption petition, and to answer questions about why you want to adopt, how you will care for your child, how your family is and will continue adjusting, and anything else the court feels is relevant. When the judge signs the adoption order, you gain permanent, legal custody of your child! Finalization is the last formal step of the adoption process, but just the beginning of your new family.

Variations in Law from State to State: The important thing to remember is that adoption law varies from state to state. The time period in which consent is signed varies from state to state. Revocation periods do not exists in all states. There are states where consent is irrevocable at the time of signing. The length of time before finalization also varies from state to state, from as little as a few months, to as long as a year.

Working with an adoption consultant can help you to understand the adoption process more fully so that your adoption take place safely and quickly. If you are interested in learning more about domestic adoption and the many available adoption situations that our clients pursue,  and have questions about how an adoption consultant can help, please contact me.

Tracie Loux
Adoption Consultant

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 12, 2012 9:18 pm

    Reblogged this on Christian Adoption Consultants and commented:
    Another great post by our Senior Adoption Consultant, Tracie Loux!

  2. November 14, 2012 1:00 am

    Reblogged this on A Path of the Heart and commented:
    An awesome post from our senior consultant, Tracie Loux. SO many of these terms can feel overwhelming at first, but a little vocab lesson is just what this former English teacher loves! 😉

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