Adoption decree definition

The Decree of Adoption is the document that a judge signs to finalize an adoption. This document formally creates the parent-child relationship between the adoptive parents and the adopted child. It places full responsibility on the new parents.

If the parental rights of the biological parents are terminated by their voluntary consent, as part of the adoption action, the Decree of Adoption will officially terminate their parental rights.

The decree of adoption will show the name of the child selected by the new parents. This document also orders a new birth certificate to be prepared and issued for the child.

Read more: How to get your birth certificate if you were adopted?

How to get a copy of an adoption decree?

In most states, all adoption records are sealed once the adoption process ends. Judges have the power to re-open the records, but only for those are legally entitled or have good reasons to get a copy.

To access the sealed records, you need to file an application with the court clerk in the county where the adoption took place.