While oftentimes it is thought that an adoption is final after a new family is found, this is not the case. During the first year the adoption is not final. Not until the finalization hearing a year after the adoption will it be finalized and legalized. The purpose of the hearing is to determine the new family’s ability and readiness to take care of the new child. The hearings vary but the court will more than likely question the adoptive parents about their ability to care for the child and what they are doing to adjust. It is important to have all paperwork completed to insure that the process is not delayed. If the court is able to conclude that the child is in a good home, the new legal relationship will be established and the adoption will be final.

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