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Art. 1211.  Final decree at first hearing

Notwithstanding Article 1216, upon the consideration of the factors enumerated in Article 1208(B), the court may render a final decree of agency adoption at the first hearing without the necessity of first entering an interlocutory decree, if either:

(1)  The child was placed in the petitioner's home by an agency and the child has lived in that home for at least six months prior to the hearing for adoption.

(2)  The rights of the child's parents have been terminated pursuant to Title X or XI and the child has lived in the petitioner's home for at least one year.

Acts 1991, No. 235, §12, eff. Jan. 1, 1992; Acts 1999, No. 1062, §4, eff. Jan. 1, 2000; Acts 2012, No. 730, §1.

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