Waukesha County

Step-Parent/Relative Adoption

Wisconsin statutes allow a parent who has custody of a child to place the child for adoption in the home of a relative of the child. "Relative" means a parent, grandparent, stepparent, brother, sister, first cousin, nephew, niece, uncle or aunt, who is related to the child by either birth or in most situations by marriage.

The process of adopting a child who is a relative usually will involve four steps: termination of parental rights, petition to adopt and order for investigation, the agency investigation, and the hearing on the adoption. This matter is handled in the Juvenile Court and is filed at the Juvenile Center at 521 Riverview Avenue, Waukesha.

Below you will find basic instructions for handling your court matter and most of the forms you will need to get from the beginning to the end of the process. You have the option to:

  • Print the forms in PDF or
  • Complete the Word Fillable forms on-line

If a form is listed but not linked to a PDF or Word document, you must obtain that form from the office in which your matter is being handled.

Please keep in mind that not all forms are due at the same time. Review the Instructions provided to determine in what order to complete each form and other tasks required.

Hint: ONLY COMPLETE THE TASKS IN THE ORDER THEY ARE LISTED - Read ahead, but do not work ahead.

Step-Parent/Relative Adoption Packet

Number

Name

Instructions

Downloads

Link

JC-1645  Petition for Adoption - Child/Adult 

PDF 

Word 

JC-1643 

Order for Hearing and Screening (Step-parent Adoption)

PDF 

Word 

JC-1647  Order for Adoption - Child/Adult 

PDF 

Word 

JC-1646  Consent to Adoption 

PDF 

Word 

DPH5022  Report of Adoption 

PDF