The Probate Court processes adoption petitions for direct placement, agency, adult, stepparent, and relative adoptions. We also accept petitions regarding post-adoption matters, including delayed registration of foreign birth and confidential intermediary services.
The petitioners and/or the adoptee must be a resident of Monroe County.
This is a legal proceeding; however, the court cannot give legal advice. The petitioners must determine whether or not they need the assistance of an attorney.
Adoption packets can be picked up at the courthouse by contacting the adoption supervisor.
There are four phases in the processing of an adoption:1) Acceptance and processing of the adoption petition. 2) Completion of the home study investigation/supervision process. 3) Termination of parental rights (except in adult adoptions and foster care adoptions). 4) Confirmation/finalization of adoption
The process takes, on average, 9 to 12 months. Case particulars may result in adoptions taking more or less time.
If you have been considering adopting a child, the Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) is an excellent resource for frequently asked questions regarding adoptions.