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 Lenawee 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 Probate Court counter or by contacting the adoption coordinator. Adoption checklists and most associated forms are available below.
Filing fees must be paid at the time the petition is submitted. Fees are addressed on the page dedicated to each particular type of adoption.
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, 9-12 months. Case particulars may result in adoption take more or less time.