An awesome post from our senior consultant, Tracie Loux. SO many of these terms can feel overwhelming at first, but a little vocab lesson is just what this former English teacher loves! 😉

The Spirit of Adoption

A lot of the fear surrounding adoption is related to the lack of understanding of these three important adoption vocabulary words. I’m hoping with a little “Adoption Vocabulary 101,” I can demystify some of it for you!

Consent: Consent refers to the agreement by a parent, or a person or agency acting in place of a parent, to relinquish the child for adoption and to release all rights and duties with respect to that child. In most States, the consent must be in writing and either witnessed and notarized or executed before a judge, attorney, or other designated official.

Revocation: The revocation period refers to the length of time the birth mother or father has to change their mind after signing consent. There are many states that do not have a revocation period.

Finalization: Finalization hearings usually take place within a year of the time the child is…

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