In the last blog we discussed how to get the adoption process started. Next, what happens after the birth of the baby? Assuming a homestudy was completed prior to placement and the birthmother signs her relinquishments with an Adoption Service Provider or attorney, there is a six month waiting period before you can finalize the adoption.
Over the next six months after the Adoption Request is filed, a county assigned social worker will visit your home several times to conduct interviews and ensure the baby is adjusting to life in your home and that you are adjusting to having a baby in your home. These are called “post placement supervision” visits. Additionally, during this time any termination of parental rights is enacted, whether the birth parent is known or unknown. Once the California statutory six month waiting period is up, the social worker will write a final report recommending the adoption be approved. The report is submitted to the court and at that time we are able to request a final hearing date.
For several reasons, this time frame can be extended. Notably, it is common for hearings to be set months after the request for the final hearing is filed, depending on the availability of the courts calendar. Once the final hearing occurs the adoption is finalized! Afterwards there is just the matter of a social security card and a new birth certificate, more to come on this in future posts.