Post-Placement [Adoption] Law and Legal Definition

Post-placement refers to the period of time before an adoption, but after a grant of legal custody, or guardianship of the child to the prospective adoptive parents, or to a custodian for the purpose of escorting the child to the identified prospective adoptive parents.

Post-placement reports are usually prepared for courts in adoption cases by an adoption caseworker that makes a series of personal visits to the home of the adoptive parents. Post-placement visits are conducted to observe how well the child and the prospective adoptive parents are bonding to each other and how the child is fitting into the family. A post-placement report can also contain a recommendation by the caseworker, concerning whether or not the caseworker thinks it would be in the best interests of the child for the proposed adoption of this child by these adoptive parents to take place.