Information for Adoptive Parents


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).