Adoptions

Adoptions

Adoptions that can be initiated by parents who want to adopt include Step-parent adoptions, Relative adoptions, Guardian adoptions, and Adult adoptions. Please call the Adoption Coordinator to obtain the documents and information needed to complete any of these adoptions, including steps that must be taken, conditions that must be met, costs, and a checklist of what documents are needed.
 
Adoption includes four phases:
  1. Petition for Adoption must be accepted and processed by the Court
  2. Parental rights of the legal parents must be terminated, unless parents are deceased or the adoptee is an adult
  3. Investigation of the prospective adoptive parents must be completed, including background checks, home visits, and reference checks
  4. Confirmation of the adoption, including completion of the adoption process before a Judge, and creation of a new birth certificate by the state.

The approximate time from beginning to end of this process is six months, as explained in detail in the Adoption Packet.

If you are considering adopting a child, you can visit the Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) for more information, and to learn about waiting children.
 
Juvenile Court also handles requests by adults (over age 18) who were adopted through Livingston County for information about their confidential adoption files. There are two ways to obtain information. The adoptee can submit a request information, or the adoptee can request that the Court appoint a trained Confidential Intermediary to search for and contact a former family member. The court must follow specific rules set forth by statute in responding to these requests. Forms to be completed and submitted to the Court can be found here.
The rules that the Court must follow can be found here.
Support for Adoptive parents are provided through the Human Services Collaborative Body Foster, Kinship, and Adoptive Services Workgroup, click here.