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Legal Risk Adoption

Children whose biological parents’ parental rights are not yet terminated are considered as “legal risk placements.” Sometimes the legal proceeding that terminates parental rights has not been completed prior to the child coming to Giocosa for placement. Many of our younger children, infants and toddlers, are in this category. These children are placed with foster/adopt parents who want to adopt the child with the understanding that it is likely parental rights will terminate in the near future. However, the foster/adopt parents also understand that there is a risk that the parent’s rights will not be terminated at all and/or the child will not become free for them to adopt. Giocosa strives to obtain as much information as possible about the child’s situation from the CPS caseworker so that the family considering the placement can make an informed decision.