In Idaho, birth mothers sign their adoption consents in court, in front of a judge. This is required by Idaho law to ensure that the birth mom (and dad if he’s involved) is consenting to the termination of her parental rights and to the adoption on her own free will. After the birth mother signs her consent, the judge will countersign it and the consent form will be filed with the rest of the adoption case. The birth mother’s parental rights will officially be terminated at a subsequent hearing. The birth mother does not have to be present at this additional termination and adoption finalization hearing. Birth mothers are welcome to bring a family member or friend for support during the hearing.