ADOPT-050 How to Adopt a Child in California

ADOPT-050
How to Adopt a Child in California
In California, there are several kinds of adoption. Learn about stepparent/domestic partner adoptions on page 1
and independent, agency, and international adoptions and adoption of an Indian child on page 2.
If you want to adopt your stepchild or the child of your domestic partner, fill out and file the forms listed below. You can
get them from the court clerk or from the California Courts Self-Help Center: www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp.
Fill out court forms.
ADOPT-200
Adoption Request
This tells the judge that you and the child, if over 12, agree to the
adoption. Fill it out, but do not sign it until the judge asks yo u to
sign it.
ADOPT-210
ADOPT-215 Adoption Order
Take the completed forms to the court clerk in the county where you live. The court will charge a filing fee. Or,
take the forms to your lawyer or adop tion agency, if you are using one.
The social worker writes a report.
In every adoption, a social worker writes a report. This report gives important information to the judge about the
adopting parents and the child. The social worker will ask you questions. You may have to fill out forms. You
may be required to pay a fee for this report. The social worker will file the report with the court and send you a
copy. When you get the report, ask the clerk for a date for your adoption hearing.
Go to court on the date of your hearing.
Bring:
The child you are adopting
Form ADOPT-210
Form ADOPT-215
A camera, if you want a photo of you and your child with the judge
Friends/relatives (optional)
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How to Adopt a Child in California
Stepparent/Domestic Partner Adoptions
Adoption Agreement
This tells the judge about you and the child you are adopting.
The judge signs this form if your adoption is approved.
Take your forms to court.
Judical Council of California, www.courts.ca.gov
Revised July 1, 2010, Opt i on al Form
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ICWA-010(A)
Indian Child Inquiry
Attachment
This lets the judge know that you have asked whether the child
may have Indian ancestry.
ICWA-020
Parental Notification
of Indian Status
This proves that the child’s parents have been asked about
Indian ancestry.
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