How to Adopt a Child

Filing the Adoption Case

To adopt a child, there are certain forms you must fill out and file with the court. You can find instructions and all the forms you need to file an adoption case in this section.

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Submit Documents to the Judge and Child Welfare Agency

After you file your adoption case, there are certain forms you must give to the judge and to the county's child welfare agency.  Read on for more information about which forms to provide to whom.

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The Adoption Hearing & After

The adoptive parents and children will have to attend a court hearing so the judge can finalize the adoption.  There are also important final steps to take to get the child's birth certificate updated once the adoption is complete.  Visit this page to learn more about the hearing, how to prepare for the hearing, and important steps to take after the hearing.

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