Updated: Nov 14
Step 1: The Court terminates the parental rights of the birth parents. No more reunification--adoption is the goal. Foster Parent calls the Utah Adoption Law Center to discuss the situation.
Step 2: We obtain case file from DCFS adoption caseworker, including birth certificate, home studies, termination / relinquishment of parental rights, and ICPC (Interstate) and ICWA (Indian Child) documentation if applicable.
Step 3: We prepare the petition, consents and affidavit of fees and costs. We provide a copy of the paid invoice to the DCFS subsidy coordinator to aid in your request for reimbursement of your legal costs.
Step 4: We file the case, obtain a hearing date, issue the Notice of Hearing, and prepare the Findings of Fact and the Decree of Adoption for the judge to sign.
Step 5: We prepare the client for the hearing and attend the hearing either in person or via WebEx.
Step 6: We obtain certified copies of the Decree of Adoption from the court clerk.
Step 7: We obtain new, post-adoption birth certificate from Vital Records.* *Usually it is best at this point for the adopting parent to obtain a new Social Security card for their child.