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Superior Court of California - County of San Diego: Juvenile: Juvenile FAQ: Juvenile Adoptions FAQ
  
Adoptions Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the filing fee for an adoption?
  2. Are there any additional fees in an adoption case?
  3. How long does an adoption take?
  4. May I get a copy of my own adoption papers?


1. What is the filing fee for an adoption?
The fee is $20.00 per child.

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2. Are there any additional fees in an adoption case?
There is a fee for the investigation that is conducted by the Health and Human Services Agency.

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3. How long does an adoption take?
The length of time depends upon several factors:

  • The Petitioner(s) will be required to submit several documents, including certified copies of birth certificates, a marriage certificate, prior divorce decrees, employment verifications, letters of reference and consents, etc. 
  • A home study and recommendation must be prepared by court investigators or the Health and Human Services Agency, depending upon which type of adoption proceeding you file. 
  • The parental rights of one biological parent may need to be terminated.  

An adoption can take anywhere from approximately six months to a year to complete.

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4. May I obtain a copy of my own adoption papers?
The adoptive parents or adopted child may request a copy of the adoption paperwork which states the date and place of adoption, the child's birth date, the names of the adoptive parents, and the name the child has taken. A release of any other information requires an order from the court.  Forms are available in the clerk's office to petition the court for information.

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