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passport for child in adoptive placement

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(los angeles ca)

Question: We have signed papers for adoptive placement. We were fostering and the 4-year-old child will not be officially adopted by us until after our trip.

Answer: Your social worker should be able to give you guidance concerning this question.

From what we understand, the person or persons who have legal custody of the child must appear with the child and submit the application or provide notarized consent for a third party to get the passport.

You will most likely need a court order that grants you permission to obtain a passport for the child and travel outside the United States with him. You can ask the social worker to have the county or state attorney file for this.

You may also need a certified copy of the child's birth certificate and a copy of the original order granting custody of the child to DSS.

Most states either pay the passport fees or reimburse the foster parents for it. In fact, you may not even be allowed to pay the fee and the bureaucracy involved may cause the process to take longer than normal.

Note, routine service takes 4-6 weeks. The need for a court order and the process of getting the fees paid may add a few more weeks to this process. You should plan your trip accordingly.

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