Adoptions are handled in the Family Division of Circuit Court.

Michigan law allows for several types of adoptions. The most common are step-parent, relative, adult and state and court ward adoptions. In the case of a step-parent adoption when all parties agree, the adopting parents may represent themselves. However, each case is unique; therefore it is strongly recommended that you seek legal counsel to aid you in this process.

Adoption Documents

Adoption packets are available below or at the third floor receptionist’s desk.

Step-Parent Adoption Packet (PDF)

Guardian-Relative Adoption Packet (PDF)


For questions regarding adoptions, you can contact the adoption coordinator at (231) 724-6408 or by email.