Mar. 2, 2021


Adoptive Parent(s)means a person who has obtained an order of adoption of a minor child or, in the case of an adult adoption, an adult.

Adoption Agency: means the adoption of a minor, other than an intercountry adoption, in which the California Department of Social Services or a licensed adoption agency is a party to, or joins in, the adoption request.

Birth Parent: means the biological parent, or in the case of a person previously adopted, the adoptive parent.

Independent Adoption: means the adoption of a child in which the California Department of Social Services is neither a party to nor joins in the adoption request.

Intercountry Adoption: means the adoption of a foreign-born child for whom federal law makes a special immigration visa available.  Intercountry adoption includes completion of the adoption in the child's native country or completion of the adoption in the state of residency of the petitioner(s)/adopting parent(s).

Stepparent/Domestic Partner Adoption: means an adoption of a child by a stepparent or domestic partner where one birth parent retains custody and control of the child.

Adoption of Adults and Married Minors: means an adult may be adopted by another adult, including a stepparent and a married minor may be adopted in the same manner as adult.  (There are no Judicial Council Forms available for these types of adoptions).

Due to the strict laws regarding the confidentiality of records, no information will be given over the telephone regarding any file, since proper identification cannot be established.  

Copies of Documents (Confidentiality)

Due to the strict laws regarding the confidentiality of adoption files, individuals who have been adopted are not permitted to see their adoption records without an order of the court.  Further, if the court grants an adopted person the right to inspect or have copies of his/her adoption record, court staff are only permitted to provide documents for inspection or for copying to the adopting parent(s) and their attorney of record, unless the name of the child's birth parents or any other information tending to identify the child's birth parents is deleted from the documents or copies.

Setting an Adoption Hearing

After the Adoption Report is filed and the parental rights are terminated, an adoption hearing may be calendared.  The adopting parent(s) should call a Civil Legal Process Clerk to reserve a date  (530-406-6704). After reserving the date, a written request for that date needs to be filed with the Court before the matter can actually be put on the Court's calendar.

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