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The adoption would have to be filed in the state of the child's residence (where the child has lived for at least 6 months). Thus, if the child lives in NC, the case would have to be filed there.
As for going to court, the judge is going to want to see both sets of parents and the child before awarding the adoption, but it will not be an adversary matter if all parties consent to what is being requested.
Thus, at least one appearance in court (in NC) would be required.