Adoption Checklist

Step 1. Obtain Consent to Adoption and Termination of Parental Rights: This means that the child's birth parent(s) have agreed to relinquish the child for adoption and to release all parental rights and duties. Termination of parental rights ends the legal parent-child relationship between a prospective adopted child and his or her birth parent(s).

Step 2. Obtain Adoption Petitions and Court Approval: All adoptions must eventually need court approval before the adoption can be finalized.

Step 3. Parenting After Adoption: After finalizing an adoption, new parents must keep a few things in mind, including what to watch for at key stages in the child's development, how to discuss adoption with the child, how to deal with adoption-related issues that might arise at school, etc.