Consent: A Consent to Adoption is a legal document allowing specific adoptive parents to adopt the child born to the birth parents. It is a legal document signed in Kentucky (out of court) no sooner than 72 hours after the birth of a child. Once signed and notarized, there is a 20 day revocation period after the document is signed or after the approval of the case, whichever is later. After that 20 day period, the decision is final.
Termination of Parental Rights: A legal proceeding, in a court room, before a Judge, in which testimony is taken from the birth parent(s) regarding the decision to place a child for adoption. It may include the birth mother only or both of the parents. At the conclusion of the hearing, the Judge signs the court Order and the decision is final.
Finalization of the Adoption: A legal proceeding, in a court room, before a Judge, in which testimony is taken from the adoptive parents regarding their desire to adopt this specific child. At the conclusion of the hearing, the Judge signs the court Order and the adoption is final. The adoptive parents have the same obligations and responsibilities as though this child were born to them.