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Instructions for Adoptions
Do you have questions about Adoptions? Click here to scroll to the FAQs.
Complete form packets for Adoptions
Below are pdf packets that contain all the forms required for specific adoption practices. Click to download.
Individual Forms for Adoption
The following are a collection of the individual forms one may need for all adoption case types.
Frequently Asked Questions
Questions can arise while you are looking for the content that you need. The following are common questions that have often been posed to our office.
Who must consent?
The parents of the child to be adopted, a minor being adopted who is over the age of 12 years, and an adult adoptee must consent to adoption. However, under certain circumstances, consent may be waived. Therefore, questions concerning consent should be directed to an agency or attorney.
Where Should I File for Adoption?
Since the Probate Court has exclusive jurisdiction over adoptions, you are required to file in the Probate Court of the county where any one of the following applies:
- The agency having custody of the child is located.
- The child was born.
- The person or persons seeking to adopt reside.
- The person seeking to adopt is stationed in military service.
- In an independent placement: where the natural parent resides.
Is a Home Study Necessary?
A home study is required with the exception of an Adult Adoption. An individual known as an assessor, who is qualified and trained for the task, will complete the home study. A list of agencies conducting home studies can be found above.
Must I Have an Attorney?
Yes, on independent or agency adoptions. Step-Parent, Grandparent, and Readoptions may proceed pro se.
Must I Appear in Court?
Yes. It is mandatory, whether adopting through an agency, or independently, that the person adopting and the child or children sought to be adopted appear before the Probate Court for the final hearing. In certain circumstances, there may be other appearances required. Any exceptions can only be granted by the Court for good cause shown.