In an adoption case, extremely important rights and responsibilities are being determined. The parental rights of the birth parents are being terminated. A new parent child relationship is being recognized. And most importantly, the entire direction of the child's life is being altered. All of the various laws Virginia has established to govern adoption procedures are intended to recognize these serious matters and to make every effort to ensure that the adults understand exactly what they are doing. It is the intent of the law to make sure that the adoptive parents and the birth parents take these important legal steps in an informed and uncoerced manner soley because they believe it to be in the right thing to do for the child and for themselves.
While health insurance plans vary considerably, most plans will not provide coverage for a child prior to the entry of a formal Custody Order at the conclusion of the Consent Hearing. The voluntary Transfer of Custody signed by the birth mother is almost never acknowledge by health insurance companies for the purposes of providing coverage.