Ben Whipple, Attorney

1150 S. Colony Way
Palmer, AK 99645
United States
Phone: (907) 745-1776
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When the adoption is finalized, do birth parents still have a right to see the child and do they have the right to take the child back?

Adoption is considered final once the judge issues the adoption decree. That child becomes a son or daughter in the family just as if they had been born into it. From that point on, the adoptive parents have full rights for that child and the birth parents’ rights are terminated, with the exception that often a birth parent will retain a limited right to see or visit the child at the adoptive parents’ discretion.

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