Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

My Child’s Adoption is Finalized, What Do I Do Next? Five Steps to Take After Your Child’s Adoption is Finalized

From JD Supra:

Though finalization will seem like the end of a very long road, there are aspects that still need to be completed after the finalization to make sure your adoption is complete.

Once your adoption is complete and you obtain a Final Decree of Adoption, you can apply for an amended birth certificate for the child that has your name(s) as parents and the child’s new legal name after the adoption. 

Once you receive your amended birth certificate, you can apply for a social security number for the child at any Social Security Office.

Make sure you know what is expected of your family regarding post-adoption contact with the biological family.

There is a federal adoption tax credit that adoptive parents are eligible for the year after they finalize their adoption. Some states also have their own adoption tax credits or reimbursements.

It is important to check with your employer and human resources department to see if you qualify for any adoption and/or legal service reimbursement.

Read more here.

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