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Pursuant to NY DRL 111, a deceased parent's certified death certificate may be submitted in lieu of consent: https://www.nycourts.gov/forms/familycourt/pdfs/adop2-ga.pdf
Please see: http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/nycode/DOM/VII/1/111
The petition and the extrajudicial order are located here:
https://www.nycourts.gov/forms/familycourt/adoption.shtml - all forms are accessible here.
This details the steps and the process: https://nysccc.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/adoptionbasics.pdf
Before the child is placed in the home, the court must pre-certify that the prospective adoptive parents are approved to take temporary custody of the child. This means that the court will have a licensed social worker do a home-study and investigate the adoptive parents' home and background to make sure that it is appropriate for a child.
If the court finds that the prospective adoptive parents are able to care and support the child, the court will certify them as qualified adoptive parents for up to 18 months. This pre-certification is not required in stepparent adoptions or in international adoptions where the child is already living with the adoptive parents.
After the adoptive parents are certified and the child is living with them, the adoptive parents will file a petition for adoption. The court will require that child's biological parents are consenting to the child's adoption or that the court has terminated theirparental rights. - this information here: https://www.nycourts.gov/courthelp/family/adoptionTypes.shtml
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