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Step 8: Post-placement

“Post-placement” refers to the period of time after your child has joined your family, but before the adoption is legalized in court. After your child moves into your home, you will begin the process of becoming a family together. Throughout this time, your child’s social worker will visit with you and the child in your home at least once per month to help everyone through the period of adjustment and to provide any support your child and family may need. The post-placement period will last a minimum of six months, as required by law, but may last longer, depending on both the child’s legal status and the needs of your family.