What Is Adoption?
This is the day you have been waiting for - to make the adoption of your child official. Our social worker will attend the hearing with you, the child, and your attorney. The hearing will be held in your county of residence in Circuit Court.
Once you receive the court order approving the adoption and a name change, you will receive a certified birth certificate for your child with your names as the parents and the child's adoptive name. If you are adopting an infant, you will need to apply for a Social Security number for your child, as they do not typically have one previous to finalization. In the case of an older child who already has a number, a name change will need to be submitted to Social Security, or you may request a new number be assigned to your child.
Even though your social worker will no longer be a monthly part of your life following the finalization, we have an open door for anyone who may need assistance in the future.
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