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Superior Court of California - County of San Diego: Juvenile: Adoptions


Adoption is a legal arrangement by which the adoptive parents become legally responsible for the child they adopt andobtain all legal parental rights with regard to the child.

At the adoption hearing, the parent(s) and child(ren) (if over the age of 12) formally consent to become lawful members of the same family. The hearing is the final stage in granting a permanent home to a child. Adoption proceedings are informal; family and friends may move about the courtroom to view the proceedings and photographs may be taken.

At the completion of thelegal proceeding, a new birth certificate is issued for the child.

For more information about adoptions, please refer to the following on the Judicial Council website:

For the Adjudicated Newspaper List to publish notice/service, click here.

There are several types of adoptions of children under18 years of age in California:

Adoption Types

Agency Adoption: The adoption of a child, other than an international adoption, in which the California Department of Social Services or a licensed adoption agency is a party to, or joins in, the adoption petition.

Independent Adoption: The birth parents select the adoptive parents and place the child directly with them. Custody is transferred directly between the parents, rather than through an agency.

International Adoption: A childborn outside ofthe United Statesis adopted by adults living in the United States. The adoption procedure is conducted by a private agency.

Stepparent Adoption: A stepparent petitions the court for adoption of the child of her or herspouse. A domestic partner desiring to adopt a child of his or her domestic partner may also file for adoption under this procedure.

Adoption of Adults and Married Minors: An adult may be adopted by another adult, including a stepparent, and a married minor may be adopted in the same manner as an adult

Adoption Forms





Adults and Married Minors

Adoption Request

Adoption Agreement

Adoption Order

Adoption of Indian Child

Adoption Expenses

Petition for Adoption of Adult or Married Minor

Order of Adoption of Adult or Married Minor

Adoption Agreement Adoption of Adult or Married Minor

Consent to Adoption (Adult)

Adoption Office Hours

Due to strict laws regarding the confidentiality of records,case-specificinformation will not be given over the telephone, because proper identification cannot be established.

Regional Center Location Hours Phone
Juvenile Central

2851 Meadow Lark Drive
2nd Floor
San Diego, CA 92123

8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Monday through Thursday

8:30 a.m. to Noon
(858) 634-1671
North County 325 South Melrose
1st Floor
Vista, CA 92081
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Monday through Thursday

8:30 a.m. to Noon
(760) 201-8720

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