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adoption hearing

To finalize the adoption, you must have a hearing in Court. This section tells you how to schedule your hearing, and what to do before and after your hearing.

Click on a topic to learn more:

  1. Fill out the forms
  2. File the forms
  3. Pay the filing fees
  4. Get a hearing date
  5. Is the hearing confidential?
  6. What to bring to the hearing
  7. What do I do after the hearing?
  8. Other adoption information at this site
  1. Fill out the forms

    You can download the forms you need from the Judicial Council Forms page  or by clicking on the form links, below:

    • Adoption Request Form Adopt-200 . There are helpful video instructions for this form. See See A/V instructions for ADOPT-200 video icon.
    • Adoption Agreement Form Adopt-210 
    • Adoption Order Form Adopt-215 
    • Adoption Expenses Form Adopt-230  (for Agency and Independent Adoptions only)

    Tip: from the Judicial Council Forms page , use the dropdown box to choose “Adoption.” Then, click the “See forms” button.

    Or, buy them from a bookstore or stationery store. (Check the Yellow Pages under Legal Documents.)

  2. File the forms

    File your adoption forms in the Probate Department of the Superior Court, located at the Downtown Superior Court. The Downtown Superior Court page has the courthouse location, phone number and office hours.

  3. Pay the filing fees

    You have to pay a filing fee for each child you want to adopt. Look for the "Petition for adoption" fee in the Family Law Fees section of the local fee schedule  . You can pay by cash or check. Make your check out to the Superior Court.

  4. Get a hearing date

    When you file your papers, ask the Probate Calendar Clerk for a hearing date. (See the court phone list and look under Probate.)

    Hearings are on Mondays at 11:00 a.m.

    Your forms must be on file at least 10 days before your hearing.

  5. Is the hearing confidential?

    Yes. All adoption proceedings are heard privately in the Judge's chambers. Friends, family, and cameras are always welcome.

  6. What to bring to the hearing

    Bring the child you are adopting, a camera (if you want a photo of you and your child with the judge), and any friends and relatives you want to have with you.

    If you are adopting a stepchild, the child, natural parent and stepparent must come to the hearing.

  7. What do I do after the hearing?

    After your hearing, file your papers with the Probate Department Clerk. You can get certified copies of the Order of Adoption for free. Just ask the clerk.

  8. Other adoption information at this site:

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