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Thursday, August 09, 2007

Finalizing adoption

Adoption tip # 43

When it comes to finalizing your adoption, each state has it's own laws. The amount of time it takes will vary by state. Some states let you finalize right after your first post placement visit and some make you wait till after your third visit. Some states make you get refingerprinted, new back ground checks, and references. And you may be required to use a lawyer to finalize or you may be able to do it yourself. It is advisable to find out what requirements there are in your state early on so that if you have trouble with getting fingerprints that take, or any other such issues, you can start those things before finalization time comes so it won't slow you down later. There may be more requirements to meet and by the time you are done you may as well start a second adoption. But, if you do start a second, you will have to have your first one completely finalized. If I remember correctly, some adoption agencies may have you give them a deposit that you get back once the adoption is finalized, if your agency does that, then don't forget to ask for that money back. It could start you on your way to pay for the next one. :)

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