The VS-21 form is a document needed to complete our son’s readoption. It is the “Report of Adoption” required for our son’s Virginia birth certificate. It is submitted to the court, certified by the clerk then forwarded to the Department of Vital Records along with our application for our son’s new birth certificate. I thought it would be pretty easy to find this form. I was wrong.
- First, I searched the Internet. Adoption agencies and Virginia law guides list the form as a document needed for readoption, but no links are provided to the document.
- I checked with the court clerk’s office and she suggested social services or our adoption agency. Our social worker did not know anything about the document. And my search of the state’s social services website and calling them turned up nothing.
- The clerk’s office in another Virginia county lists on its website the document is available in its office. I called them, hoping they would fax it to me – no such luck.
- I called the Department of Vital Records only to be told a “processor” would send it to me after the court submits the final order of adoption and they determine the form is needed. I asked to speak to a “processor” and had to leave a message on someone’s voicemail. Still waiting for a return call. (Addendum: the “processor” called me back this afternoon and is mailing me the form.)
I finally decided to go to the courthouse and turn in our other paperwork. I asked again about the form and they said the Department of Vital Records should be able to send me one. I explained my earlier conversation with that department. The assistant in the clerk’s office asked me if I had talked to our county social services office. No, actually, that was one office I had not contacted. The office was just around the corner so instead of calling, I trekked into the office with all my kids in tow. We waited in the lobby while the office tried to track down the person who handles adoption paperwork – we also said a prayer that we would find the form. The woman finally returned to the front window with the form! She said they had to search for it and it was the last copy in their office. Thank you! Meanwhile, I received a more recent version of the form in my email through another friend who is a social worker.
To save other Virginia adoptive families much time and searching, here is the document: Download VS-21 Report of Adoption