Understanding Readoption

A key step in completing international adoption proceedings is readoption. Although readoption is not required in North Carolina, but it provides significant benefits to adopted children and their families, including the right to a North Carolina birth certificate.

Readoption When Completing An International Adoption

Once you are home in North Carolina with your newly internationally adopted son or daughter, there is still more to do. At Dempsey Law, our priority is providing for the best interests of the children we represent — that means staying involved before, during and after their adoption is complete.

Depending on whether you live in North Carolina or elsewhere, completing a readoption may or may not be necessary. When wrapping up your adoption proceedings, our attorneys will outline the advantages of completing readoption as they apply to your situation.

Such benefits include:

  • Completing a name change
  • Establishing a birth date
  • Obtaining a birth certificate
  • Securing a state-issued certificate of foreign birth
  • Protecting your child's rights to inheritance

More than just cementing your child's legal identity, these documents can prove invaluable as your child matures and enrolls in schools and applies for jobs. With a state-issued birth certificate, your child will be able to obtain a replacement if his or her documents are lost. Furthermore, your child will be fully protected under your state probate laws — meaning that if something should happen to you, your child would have legal claim to your estate.

Your Lawyer. Your Advocate. Your Guide.

Don't assume that your work is done when you arrive home with your adopted son or daughter. Reach out to us at Dempsey Law to learn more about readoption and the legal protections it can provide.

Call our Charlotte law office at 704-251-2500. You can also reach us by completing our online contact form. We routinely work with clients across North Carolina and the U.S. and around the world. We use the latest technology to provide seamless communication with our clients.