The Probate Court has exclusive jurisdiction to finalize adoptions in Miami County. Those wishing to adopt are required to submit to a personal and home investigation to insure their suitability as adoptive parents. The hearing and records are confidential by law.

Who can Adopt?

  • Husband and wife, together
  • Stepparent
  • Unmarried adult

Who can be Adopted?

  • A minor child
  • An adult, who:
  • If totally or permanently disabled
  • If found to be mentally retarded
  • If the adult has established a child-foster-caregiver or child-stepparent relationship with the petitioners as a minor and consents to the adoption
  • If the adult was in a planned permanent living arrangement with a public children services or private child placing agency and the adult consents to the adoption
  • If the adult is the child of the spouse of the petitioner, and the adult consents to the adoption

Links to Additional Information/Forms:

Adoption - Adult
Adoption - Minor Petition
Adoption - Pre-Placement
Adoption – Recognition of Foreign Birth Record

Frequently Asked Questions