Some states require this and in some it is "nice to have". One of the most important pieces of this is that Nora will essentially get a US birth certificate which will make getting her US passport, driver’s license, marriage license, etc. easier in the future.
The readoption process required more paperwork (no surprise there) and then a court appointment with a Judge. We all went to our county's courthouse, and I’m positive that we were a spectacle walking in. The whole “proceeding” with the Judge was very quick but very formal. The boys really liked when the Bailiff had us all rise for the Judge (and she kindly thanked the children for standing for her).
Our social worker told us that a readoption case will likely be one of the most enjoyable for the Judge in comparison to what they normally preside over. This definitely proved to be our experience, the Judge was so kind. After we finished the “proceeding” she asked if the kids wanted to come on up behind the bench. She even got out a gavel. It was all quite entertaining.
I was sure to warn the boys that this better be their only time inside a courtroom ... all while shaking my finger at them. It turns out that the Judge, the Bailiff and the Case Recorders caught that and were amused. It was a fun ending to an important day for Nora.