An adoption is the judicial act of creating a legal parental relationship when no biological relationship exists.

Key Points

In all adoption cases, an investigator writes a report, unless parties are seeking an adult adoption. The report provides important information to the judge about the adopting parent(s) and the child.

If the child is over 12 years of age, he or she must agree to the adoption proceedings.

Stepparent adoptions require the consent or agreement of both parents unless one is deceased.

All California Courts use the same basic Judicial Council forms for adoption proceedings.  

For more information on adoption matters along with forms please visit the Judicial Council's California Self Help Center.

For adoptions forms click here.

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