There are several different kinds of adoptions; slightly different procedures apply to each. This information is meant to assist with frequently asked questions, but Court personnel cannot give legal advice. Please consult an attorney for more detailed information and answers.

Per Child Filing Fee: $150.00 plus $90 for other fees (certified adoption order, state e-filing fee, birth certificate fee)

Documents Required at the time of filing:

  • A certified coy of the adoptee’s birth certificate
  • A certified or true copy of any affidavit of parentage, divorce decree and/or child support order, including any modifications to the original order
  • Death Certificate of a biological parent if parent is deceased
  • $240 Filing fees (see above)
  • Petition for Adoption for Step-Parent/Relative Adoption [link to SCAO form]
  • Record Check Release form completed by adopting parent [link to release]

Filing Requirements

Resident of Calhoun County
Must be married to the legal/biological parent of the adoptee for at least one year (for Step-parent adoption)
Must have non-custodial parent’s consent for step-parent adoption
Adoptee consent if they are 14 years old or older


After the petition is filed, the judge will sign an Order for Investigation and you will be contacted by a court investigator. The investigator will complete an adoption investigation report and will file it with the court.

Types of Adoptions

  • Adult Adoptions
  • Direct Placement Adoptions
  • Guardianship Adoptions
  • Relative Adoption
  • Step-Parent Adoption

Court Post-Adoption Information and Searches

Phone: 269-969-6804
Address: Calhoun County Justice Center
Attn: Circuit Court – Adoptions
161 E. Michigan Ave
Battle Creek, MI 49014