Is the Relinquishment of Parental Rights Final? Do I have to worry about the Birth Parent(s) requesting the child back?
Once the Relinquishment of Parental Rights is signed by the Birth Parent(s) then the Relinquishment becomes irrevocable. An affidavit for voluntary relinquishment of parental rights will not be signed any sooner than 48 hours after the birth of the child by the Birthmother and by a man meeting the legal definition of “presumed father.” A man who does not meet the definition of a “presumed father” may sign (before or after the birth of the newborn) an affidavit of waiver of interest in a child. Typically, the Birthmother signs the Relinquishment on the second day of her stay at the hospital. Following the signing, it is common for the Adoptive Family to take the child home from the hospital.