10 Steps to Adopting a Child in Foster Care

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  • Step 7: Meet the Child
  • Step 8: Receive a Placement
  • Step 9: Finalize the Adoption
  • Step 10: New Life as an Adoptive Family
  • Other Ways to Help Foster Children
  • Adopting A Child in Foster Care
  • Step 1: Learn About Adoption
  • Step 2: Select an Agency
  • Step 3: Complete a Home Study
  • Step 4: Search for a Child
  • Step 5: Exchange Information with Child’s Agency
  • Step 6: Learn That You Have Been Selected for a Child

Step 9: Finalize the Adoption

A judge will finalize the adoption during a court session that all parties involved must attend. A new birth certificate will then be issued listing the adoptive parents’ name as parents. A new certificate of adoption will be issued, too. (Photo: Monashee Frantz/Getty Images)

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