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I have signed papers to have my daughter adopted and have realized its not what I want. how do I get my baby back?

East Northport, NY |

I signed an agreement of surrender and release and a waiver of notice of hearing of adoption. the adoption agency said I do not have any legal rights. I live in n.y. and signed the papers in new York. the agency is in new jersey.

Attorney Answers 3


  1. Contact an attorney immediately in the area where the adoption took place. Depending when it was signed you could possibly rescind the agreement.

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  2. It is possible that "final" isn't yet, but only an attorney who has fully reviewed all the papers and gathered all the relevant facts will be able to tell you. I suggest you contact an attorney immediately for a confidential consultation. Good luck!

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  3. It maybe difficult (but not impossible) to undo what you signed. This is why people should hire attorneys to fully explain everything before you do something you might regret. Contact a local attorney where the adoption is taking place to explain what rights you may have.

    The above is a general answer and is not considered legal advice. You should contact an attorney before proceeding to take any legal action, signing any papers or upon service of a summons. Howard E. Knispel 631-864-7589