• Adoption

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

    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 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".

    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.

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