Adoption

Forms

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NOTE: You may not need all of these forms, or you may need more forms. If you're not sure which forms to use, talk with a lawyer.

For help finding any local court forms you may need, go to your county's court website.

Forms to Ask the Court to Approve an Adoption:

If you want an amended Birth Certificate with the names of the adoptive parents on it then get a copy of the following form and fill out (in black ink only ) Part II:

If this is going to be an “open adoption” -- allowing continuing contact between the birth relatives, including birth parents and the child if the court agrees it is in the best interest of the child -- then get and fill out:

  • Contact after Adoption Agreement (Form ADOPT-310)

IMPORTANT : ADDITIONAL FORMS ARE NEEDED
FOR DIFFERENT TYPES OF ADOPTIONS

Forms for an Agency Adoption:

In addition to ADOPT-200, ADOPT-210 and ADOPT-215, you will need the Agency report an:

  1. Consent to Adoption by Parent(s) (In California) (Social Services Form AD 1A)
    OR (Outside California, Social Services Form AD 1C)
  2. Adoption Petition - Consent and Joinder (Social Services Form AD 824)
  3. Adoption Expenses (Judicial Council Form ADOPT-230)

Forms for Adoption of a Child of Indian Ancestry:

In addition to ADOPT-200, ADOPT-210 and ADOPT-215, you will need an Agency report and:

  1. Adoption of Indian Child (Form ADOPT-220)
  2. Parent of Indian Child Agrees to End Parental Rights (Form ADOPT-225)
  3. Adoption Expenses (Form ADOPT-230)

Forms for an International Adoption:

In addition to ADOPT-200, ADOPT-210 and ADOPT-215, you will need:

  1. Adoption Petition - Consent and Joinder (Social Services Form AD 824)
  2. Adoption Expenses (Judicial Council Form ADOPT-230)

NOTE: An agency report is not required to set a hearing on International adoptions. Granting an international adoption is subject to judicial determination when there is no report.

Forms for a Stepparent Adoption:

In addition to ADOPT-200, ADOPT-210 and ADOPT-215, you will need an Agency report and:

  • Consent to Adoption by Parent(s) (In California) (Social Services Form AD 1A)
    OR (Outside California, Social Services Form AD 1C)

Forms for a Stepparent Adoption to Confirm Parentage:

In addition to ADOPT-200, ADOPT-210 and ADOPT-215, you will need:

  • Declaration Confirming Parentage in Stepparent Adoption (ADOPT-205)

You do not need an Agency report.

Forms for Adoption of an Adult:

No other forms are needed in addition to ADOPT-200, ADOPT-210 and ADOPT-215

Form to ask the court for Accommodation because of a Disability:

  • Request for Accommodations by Persons with Disabilities and Response (Form MC-410)
    See instructions for this form.

There are no California Judicial Council forms for some of the paperwork you have to do to terminate a person's parental rights. However, there are some forms which may be helpful.

If you're not sure which forms to use, talk to your Family Law Facilitator or a lawyer.

Form to ask the court for Accommodation Because of a Disability:

  • Request for Accommodations by Persons with Disabilities and Response (Form MC-410)
    See the instructions for this form.

If you are asking the court to hold a hearing on the termination of parentals rights:

First you have to create a Petition and a Summons

  • If the parent is the mother or a presumed father of the child, create a Petition Freeing the Child from Parental Custody and Control.
  • If the parent is an alleged father of the child, create a Petition Terminating the Parental Rights of Alleged Father.
  • The Summons has information about the court hearing to decide whether or not parental rights should be terminated.

NOTE: There are no California Judicial Council forms for these petitions or summonses. To learn more, read "Create a Petition and a Summons" in
"For the Petitioner."

In addition -

Before a judge can make a decision about terminating a parent’s rights, he or she will need to know the law you are using as grounds to ask for termination.

Ask if a court clerk if your court has a local form for this. If not, you can create your Statement of Legal Grounds for Petition on Judicial Council Form MC-030, Declaration.

To learn more, read "What is a Statement of Legal Grounds for Petition?"

If you have been served court papers which ask the court to free your child from your parental custody and control, you have 30 days after receiving notice to respond.

To let the court know that you want to give up any rights to have custody
of the child:

  • You could use this form: Relinquishment: In or Out-of-County (Birth Mother/Presumed Father (California Department of Social Services Form AD 501 ENG/SP)

If you do NOT WANT to have your parental rights taken away then you will have to go to court to try to prove that a parent-child relationship exists. To do this you have to start your own court case to ask for custody of the child.

IMPORTANT: If you do not respond to the notice of the court hearing within 30 days, then the court can terminate your parental rights without a hearing.

If you have been served court papers which state that you are the alleged father of a child, you have 30 days after receiving notice to respond. You can:

Fill out a form and mail it to the court so that the court knows you want to:

If you do NOT WANT to have your parental rights taken away then you will have to go to court to try to prove that a parent-child relationship exists.

To do this you have to start your own court case to ask for custody of the child.

IMPORTANT: If you do not respond to the notice of the court hearing within 30 days, then the court can terminate your parental rights without a hearing.

The judge cannot hear your court case until you have filed your court forms properly. The judge has to be sure that everyone involved in the court case has information about what the other people have filed before he or she can let the case move forward.

To prove to the court that copies of the documents were given to everyone, "Proof of Service" forms are to be filled out and filed with the court.

REMEMBER: YOU CANNOT SERVE YOUR COURT FORMS YOURSELF.

Someone over 18 (for example a friend, relative, or a professional process server) who is not involved in the case in any way must serve the court forms for you.

The person who serves the documents has to complete one Proof of Service form for each person served and return it to you for filing with the court.

Choose the form you need below. You can either download and print the file, or fill it out on your computer, then print it out. These forms will open in a new window. When you have printed out each form, please close that window and continue on this site.

NOTE: You may not need all of these forms. Or you may need more forms. If you're not sure which forms to use, talk to your Family Law Facilitator or a lawyer.

For help finding local court forms you may need, go to your county's court website.

Proof of Service Forms:

  • Proof of Personal Service (Form FL-330) for personal service

    OR
  • Proof of Service of Summons (Form FL-115) for substituted service or service by publication.

    OR
  • Proof of Service by Mail (Form FL-335)

In most cases, you have to pay a fee to file papers with the court. The fees are a little different in each county. Usually counties have their fee schedules posted on their court's web site.

For some people who do not earn enough money, the court will say that they do not have to pay the fees. This is called a "fee waiver." To find out if you qualify for a fee waiver, read:

  • Information Sheet on Waiver of Court Fees and Costs (Form FW-001-INFO)

If you're not sure which forms to use, talk to your Family Law Facilitator or a lawyer.

For help finding local court forms you may need, go to your county's court website.

Forms that Ask the Court for Fee Waivers:

  • Request to Waive Court Fees (Form FW-001)
    See the instructions for this form.
  • Request to Waive Additional Court Fees (Form FW-002)
    See the instructions for this form.
  • Order on Court Fee Waiver (Form FW-003)
    See the instructions for this form.
  • Notice: Waiver of Court Fees (Form FW-005)
  • Request for Hearing About Court Fee Waiver Order (Form FW-006)
    See the instructions for this form.
  • Notice on Hearing About Court Fees (Form FW-007)
    See the instructions for this form.
  • Order on Court Fee Waiver After Hearing (Form FW-008)
    See the instructions for this form.
  • Notice to Court of Improved Financial Situation or Settlement (Form FW-010)
    See the instructions for this form.
  • Notice to Appear for Reconsideration of Fee Waiver (Form FW-011)
  • Order on Court Fee Waiver After Reconsideration Hearing (Form FW-012)
    See the instructions for this form.

To learn more about fee waivers – who can get them, how long they last, and other important information -- please read: