copies may be purchased for $16.00 per copy. For adoptees born outside the State of Michigan, the fee
for the new birth certificate varies from state to state.
3. The filing fee may be waived, if the petitioner is receiving public assistance or is on a fixed income.
Verifiable proof of income (i.e. current Medicaid Card for the family, pay stubs, income tax returns for
the previous year) must be submitted at the time of the office interview/appointment. The fee for the
new birth certificate cannot be waived.
1. The following documents, if applicable, are required to file the Petition for Adoption. Certified or true
copies of each of these documents are required. All foreign documents must be translated into English
and must be certified by a certified translator. Hospital “verifications” of birth, and photocopies (non
certified or true copies) of documents will not be accepted:
• Adoptees birth certificate.*
• Petitioners’ birth certificate.
• Petitioners’ marriage certificate to each other, as well as any previous marriage certificates for
• All divorce decrees.
• Death certificate if a previous marriage ended because of the death of a spouse.
• Death certificate if the mother or father of the adoptee is deceased.*
• Acknowledgment of Paternity.*
• Order of Filiation or Support Order (when the mother and father of the child were not married).*
• All name change orders.
• Birth or death certificates showing relationship to the child if petitioners are relatives.
2. Other documents that are required, if applicable:
• If the petitioner(s) have children from a previous relationship a Friend of the Court
letter/summary detailing the status of child support, which must include payment and arrear
• If child support has been ordered for the child(ren) being adopted, a Friend of the Court
letter/summary detailing the status of the child support, which must include payment arrear
• A letter must be sent to the biological parent notifying them of the intent to initiate the adoption
process and that their consent is needed. This letter must be sent certified. A copy of the letter
and the certified receipt card must be submitted to the court when filing the petition for adoption.
If the biological parent’s address is unknown, letters should be sent to any last known address, or
any known employers, relatives or friends. This must be done prior to requesting an
appointment to file the petition for adoption.*
• Clearances from any past criminal conviction or any alcohol related traffic violations that show
all fines and/or conditions have been satisfied.*
• If petitioner(s)/adoptee(s) are not U.S. citizens, the following documentation is required, if
applicable: valid Resident Alien Card, valid Visa from Immigration & Naturalization Services,
Naturalization documentation (certified/original).
• The petitioner(s), as well as other adults in the home are required to obtain and bring to the
appointment a Central Registry Clearance (child protective services). The clearance may be