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Adoptions are handled in both the Juvenile and Probate Courts.  Age of the individual that is subject to the adoption will determine in which court your matter will be heard.

Probate Court

Adult Adoption:
Adult Adoption is the adoption of an adult (age 18 or older) by another adult resident of the State of Wisconsin.  They are handled in the Probate Court and are filed at the reception desk in Room C-380 of the Waukesha County Courthouse at 515 W. Moreland Blvd.

Adult Adoption 

Juvenile Court

The folowing types of adoption are handled in the Juvenile Court and are filed at the reception desk at 521 Riverview Avenue.

Adoptive Placement:
Adoption that occurs when a birth mother selects a family to adopt her child (under age 18) from a list of families who have been screened and approved by an adoption agency. 

Adoptive Placement 

Agency Adoption:
Adoptions that involve a child (under age 18) in a foster care placement or an independent adoptive placement.

Agency Adoption 

Foreign Adoption:
The adoption of a child (under age 18) from a foreign country when the foreign country will not allow the adoption to occur until the child is in the United States.

Foreign Adoption 

Foreign Re-Adoption:
The adoption of a child (under age 18) from a foreign country when adoption was completed in the foreign country and the parent wants to obtain a new U.S. "Certification of Birth Facts".

Foreign Re-Adoption   

Step-Parent/Relative Adoption:
Adoption of a step-child or otherwise related child (under age 18) whose parent(s) are deceased or who have either voluntarily or involuntarily terminated his/her parental rights of the child.

Step-Parent/Relative Adoption 

Adoption Search:
Policies and procedures for how to request information about past adoptions, birth parents, or individuals.

Adoption Search 


Page Last Updated: 3/7/2017 02:10:20 PM

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