What happens if a potential adoptive parent dies before the adoption is complete?
This guide explains very briefly what happens if a potential adoptive parent passes before the adoption is complete.
Will the surviving potential adoptive parent be allowed to proceed?Yes, this situation is considered a change in circumstance but it does not invalidate a petition.
Will the surviving potential parent be exposed to additional scrutiny?Not necessarily, this change may be reviewed in order to make sure it is still in the best interests of the child.
What happens if the petition is allowed to proceed and the potential adoptive parent gains parental rights?In this instance, the deceased adoptive parent shall be considered one of the legal parents, unless the surviving adoptive parent requests otherwise.