Please note – All documents must be single-sided

Adult Adoption

Adoptee is over the age of 18, regardless of who is petitioning to adopt. Adult Adoptee must provide consent to adoption by petitioning parent at a Court hearing Parental rights are not terminated in Adult Adoptions, however, the Court is required to provide biological parents with notice of the adoption proceedings.

Direct Placement Adoption

Temporary Placements

Must be submitted within 48 hours of placement

30-Day Document Requirements

Must be submitted within 30 days of the temporary placement of the child

Adoption Petition Packet Requirements

Must be submitted within 45 days of the temporary placement of the child

Out of Court Consent Requirements

Non-Relative Legal Guardian Adoption

Petitioner has Legal Guardianship of Adoptee by Court order. The legal parents must voluntarily consent to adoption at a private hearing before a Judge or Referee of the Circuit Court. If the legal parents are unwilling to provide consent, and have not provided for the welfare of the adoptee, the Petitioners may filed a petition seeking the termination of parental rights through a Neglect/Abuse case under the Juvenile Code with the Juvenile Court. This must be done prior to the commencement of an adoption proceeding. The Court cannot assist in the filing of a Neglect/Abuse Petition.

Relative Adoption (Including Relative Legal Guardian)

Adoptee and Petitioner are related within the 5th Degree. Petitioner may or may not have Legal Guardianship of Adoptee by Court order. The legal parents must voluntarily consent to adoption at a private hearing before a Judge or Referee of the Circuit Court. If the legal parents are unwilling to provide consent, and have not provided for the welfare of the adoptee, the Petitioners may filed a petition seeking the termination of parental rights through a Neglect/Abuse case under the Juvenile Code with the Juvenile Court. This must be done prior to the commencement of an adoption proceeding. The Court cannot assist in the filing of a Neglect/Abuse Petition.

Stepparent Adoption

Adoptee is under the age of 18. The adoptee must be aware of the adoption process, as an age appropriate interview about the adoption will be conducted during the home study investigation and the adoptee will be asked about the adoption. The custodial parent who is married to the petitioning adoptive parent is also an adoptive petitioner as they are joining their spouse in the petition for adoption; therefore, must fill out the packet as such. The petitioning custodial parent of the adoptee must have custody by way of a Court order of the adoptee per MCL 710.51(6) to have standing to file a supplemental petition to terminate rights where consent by the other parent cannot be obtained.

Termination of Parental Rights

Voluntary Consent

If the other legal parent of the adoptee is willing to Consent to the adoption and voluntarily terminate their parental rights, then a Consent to Adoption by Parent must be signed in Court at a private hearing by the adoptee’s other legal parent. The Consent hearing will be scheduled after the Petition for Adoption has been filed and the home study investigation has been completed. If the consenting legal parent lives outside of the State of Michigan, ask the Adoption Caseworker prior to submitting the Adoption Packet about how to obtain the Consent. If the legal parent of the adoptee is willing to Consent to the adoption, you must also provide the following:

Proof that the person who is consenting to the adoption is the legal parent (this can be accomplished through any of the following:)

  • Affidavit of Parentage / Acknowledgement of Paternity
  • Order of Filiation
  • If biological parents were married at the time of adoptee’s birth and are listed on the birth certificate
    • You must also provide the marriage certificate for this marriage
  • Order of Adoption

It is the responsibility of the petitioner(s) to obtain and provide the complete current address of the other parent who is willing to Consent to the adoption and provide it to the Court. Upon accepting the legal parent’s consent, the Court will enter an Order Terminating Parental Rights.

Involuntary Termination

Additional Forms

Petition to Amend Adoption Petition

  • Petition to Amend Adoption Petition – This form should be used if the Petition or Adoption needs to be amended following the initial filing, i.e the adoptee decides to change their name, or information provided on the original petition is incorrect, etc. This form will need to accompany a $20 petition fee, made payable to the Livingston County Juvenile Court.

Michigan Department of Health & Human Services

State Court Administrative Office (SCAO) Forms

Juvenile Court
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Phone

(517) 546-1500

Hours

Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed County Holidays

Judicial Center

204 S. Highlander Way
Suite 3
Howell, MI 48843

Fax

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