legal risk placement
- A type of adoption where a child stays with prospective adoptive parents before the legal surrender or termination of birth parents' rights, which carries risk if the termination doesn't take place, requiring the child's return to the birth parents
- The couple decided to go through with a legal risk placement, hopeful that they would be able to officially adopt the child they'd come to love.
- The social worker explained the concept of legal risk placement to the hopeful adoptive parents.
- Legal risk placement brought joy and anxiety to the Smiths as they bonded with the child, unsure if they would permanently become his family.