Information for Adoptive Parents

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After your adoption is finalized, the Juvenile Dependency case (the case that was first opened when the child entered the system) is technically still open. It might take about 2-4 weeks for Dependency Court jurisdiction to be terminated.

Following the adoption your attorney will send a copy of the Adoption Order to your Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) social worker. The social worker prepares a request for the court to terminate jurisdiction and then the file makes its way to the Judge so that jurisdiction will be terminated (the Dependency case will be closed).