This is the moment all adoptive families dream of – having a child placed in their loving arms and home. After the birth parent(s) have signed relinquishment documents, the adoptive placement paperwork will be done with the adoptive parents. The birth father can do this at any time, while the birth mother must wait 72 hours following the birth of the child to sign. Adoptive families are generally permitted to take the baby home from the hospital. Finalization occurs 6-12 months after placement.