Legal Risk Placement Law and Legal Definition

This is a type of adoption used by agencies to keep a child out of foster care during the adoption process. The child is placed with the adopting parents before the birthmother has relinquished her parental rights to raise the child. If the birth mother then decides not to relinquish her rights, the adopting parents must give the child back. This is a risk for the adopting parents, who may lose a child to whom they've become attached.