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.
includes four phases:
- Petition for Adoption must be accepted and processed
by the Court
- Parental rights of the legal parents must be terminated, unless
parents are deceased or the adoptee is an adult
- Investigation of the
prospective adoptive parents must be completed, including background checks,
home visits, and reference checks
- 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.
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.
that the Court must follow can be found here.
for Adoptive parents are provided through the Human Services Collaborative Body
Foster, Kinship, and Adoptive Services
Workgroup, click here.