Clarifying Readoption

July 14, 2014 § Leave a comment

Readoption — the process of recognizing foreign adoptions in Mississippi — has become a more frequent phenomenon as parents wanting to adopt have found adoptable children in Russia, China, Thailand, and other countries.

Quite often readopting parents who have run a financially and emotionally exhausting gauntlet of obstacles in a foreign country return to Mississippi only to be confronted with similar hurdles in their home state.

SB 2180 amends the adoption statutes to allow a more streamlined procedure for readoption, and even includes forms for use in chancery court. It clarifies various nuances of readoption, including that only one readoption, in either this state or another state, is necessary, and that any subsequent adoption of the child would be a standard adoption, and not another readoption. The new provisions go into effect July 1, 2014.

If you handle readoptions you need to become familiar with these new provisions.

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