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Adoption is the court process of become the legal parent of a child or adult. Adoptions can be filed by a married couple, a single adult, a step parent, or a relative.

For Informational Purposes Only: This summary is provided for basic informational purposes only. It is not legal advice. For legal advice about your situation, you must talk to a lawyer.

Forms & Case Packets
  • Packets (forms & instructions) for Step Parent, Relative and Adult Adoptions are available FREE at the Legal Assistance Center.
  • Additional free and low cost forms, including free Motion forms, are available at the Legal Assistance Center.