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Child Welfare

Adoption Petition Services

Adoption petition services provide for staff to conduct investigations of all independent adoptions including stepparent, grandparent, one parent, and non-relative adoptions to determine the availability of the child and the suitability of the adoptive home, reporting to the courts the findings of these investigations and assisting the families in obtaining revised birth certificates.

Staff also secure the necessary reports for the courts on adoptive placements made by licensed adoption agencies, public and private.

Who can receive the service?
Families adopting a child independent of an adoption agency or through a licensed adoption agency.

How does one access the service?
One accesses the service when they file a petition in court for an independent adoption.

Where and When can the service be accessed?
Adoption petition services can be accessed at the area regional office of Child Welfare.