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Charusheela J. Nalhe

When a person or family adopts a child, the adopting family is substituted legally for the child’s birth family. The child is then the child of the adopting parents, and the birth certificate is amended to reflect that fact. The new parents have the obligation to support and care for the child, and the child is protected in terms of inheritance orsocial security disability if a parent dies.The legal relationship between the birth parents and the child ends upon adoption, and the adoptive family becomes the child’s legal family.In some states, courts may allow an “open adoption” in which theadoptive family provides some information to or access to the child to the birth family.