Readoption and Finalization

You will complete a readoption if you completed a full and final adoption in the country from which you adopted to obtain a California birth certificate. If you completed a guardianship you will need to complete a finalization in order to complete your adoption.

Finalization is the process in which you finalize your adoption in court and obtain a final Adoption Decree, and a new birth certificate. This will be done after you have completed your post placement requirements.

Readoption is very similar, except that you do not need to finalize your adoption, but only file to receive a new birth certificate. A United States birth certificate will enable a certificate of citizenship to be issued in the child’s new name.

Please contact our office to receive the packet of court document and instructions.

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