City of Alexandria, VA
Approval of Preadoptive Placements
Under Virginia Law whenever there is a private placement adoption, the parties seeking to adopt a child must file a Petition with the Juvenile Court asking the Court to approve the Pre-Adoptive Placement of the child in their home.
The process is a complicated one, and anyone attempting to seek such an approval should consult with a lawyer before proceeding to file such a Petition. The Alexandria Bar Association has a Lawyer Referral Service that may help you find a lawyer to process the paper work for such a proceeding.