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Finalization timeline

I know finalization times vary by state. We finalize in MS which is 6-7 months. Our daughter was born in September. I’m wondering whe we will get a date for finalizing. Anyexperiences on how the process works that might help. Despite being laid back compared to most of NYC area where we live, the southern pace drives me insane! I’m not even looking to hurry it up per se, I just wish I could get a date!


From what I understand you will get a date once the petition for adoption is filed. Has that happened? Our agency says a date is usually set 30 days from filing.!
We just finished our last home visit tonight so I too am anxiously waiting for a date smile

Posted by in1212 on Jan 18, 2013 at 8:14am

Is it MS law that you have to go there? I am in NY too and finalized here. We adopted from PA and IN.

Posted by Samsmommy on Jan 18, 2013 at 8:23am

We adopted from Nevada and finalized in Maryland. After our last post placement visit report went out and out atty petitioned for adoption we were given a finalization date.  Every state is different but at least it will happen!

Posted by Tressi on Jan 18, 2013 at 9:08am

We adopted from Louisiana and finalized in California.  I totally get the whole difference in pace in the South.  LOL very different from out here in the Bay Area in Calif…. Good luck!!!!!!

Posted by Special K on Jan 19, 2013 at 12:37am

Yes, unfortunately we do have to finalize in MS. Alastair I heard a petition was filed to terminate the fathers rights. That has to be completed before an adoption petition can be filed. A bit frustrated that I haven’t been able to get in touch with our social worker for an update. That would probably clear things up.  Generally I know it’s march/April. I just want the date!!

Posted by on Jan 19, 2013 at 9:01am

As a Southerner, we do like to take our time, but you should find out the date about a month out from the actual court date. They can’t set the date until all of the paperwork is filed and clear. Both of our court dates were exactly 6 months from placement. In South Carolina, they have a time limit and the finalization has to be completed 6 months from placement. Not sure about MS.
The waiting is the hard part, but it will happen.

Posted by momof3eaj on Jan 22, 2013 at 9:16pm

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