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Adoptions Frequently Asked Questions

How can my spouse adopt my child?

Your spouse can adopt your child if you are married and if the non-custodial birth parent of the child consents to the adoption or has his or her parental rights terminated. The complete instructions for completing a step parent adoption are on this website: Step-parent adoption requirements.

 

How can I adopt my grandchild/nephew?

You can adopt your relatives through the adoption services department. The court staff will complete your "home study" and assist you with the process if you are a relative as defined in the adoption code. The complete instructions are on this website:Relative adoption requirements.

 

How can I obtain my original birth certificate?

The adoption code allows you to obtain your original birth certificate if your former parents' rights were terminated prior to May 28, 1945 or after September 12, 1980.

 

How can I find information about my birthparents?

The adoption codes allows an adoptive parent, adult adoptee, former parent,or adult former sibling to obtain information from an adoption record or request a Confidential Intermediary search be conducted.

 

How can I obtain my adoption records, since I need them to get a passport?

If born in Michigan, you will need to contact Vital Records in Lansing to request a new copy of your Birth Certificate with the Delayed Date removed. Their office can be contacted by phone at (517) 335-8660.

 

How can I obtain a Michigan Birth Certificate for my child who was adopted in a foreign country?

You can obtain a Michigan birth certificate for your child through the adoption services department. The complete instructions are on this website: Instruction Sheet for Delayed Registration of Foreign Birth Established by Court Order.