Department for Community Based Services

Standards of Practice Online Manual

13.28 Adoption Judgment

Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Department for Community Based Services
Division of Protection and Permanency
Standards of Practice Online Manual
Chapter 13-Adoption Services
13.28 Adoption Judgment

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The R&C worker:

  1. Retains responsibility for the case (agency or independent) until the adoption judgment is granted;
  2. Completes the following tasks when the judgment has not been received within one-hundred, eighty (180) days after submission of the court report:
    1. Verifies the status of the petition;
    2. Checks with the family and the Circuit court clerk, if appropriate; and
    3. Notifies the Adoption Services Branch of the outcome.

The Adoption Services Branch:

  1. Notifies the SSW and FSOS of the order of adoption after receiving it from the Circuit court clerk;
  2. Documents the adoption judgment date.

Practice Guidance

  • After the entry of the order of adoption by the court, the Circuit court clerk mails a notice or copy of the judgment of adoption to the Adoption Services Branch.





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