During this period of learning to live together, a social worker will continue to visit and support you and your child until the time feels right to apply to the court for an Adoption Order.
The minimum period before applying for an adoption order is 10 weeks, but many families are helped by a longer period of adjustment and value the continued support of social workers during this time.
Once you have applied for an adoption order and this is granted by the court, the child is legally adopted by you and you have full parental responsibilities for him or her. The child is now a full member of your family and can take your surname.
The pronouncement is when you and the child, family and friends attend the court to hear the adoption order being pronounced. This is a celebration for you as a family. Ask the court in advance for permission to bring your camera.