What is a California Adult Adoption?

An adoption creates a legal relationship between two parties that previously did not exist. It declares that the person being adopted is legally the “child” of the adoptive parent and becomes the adopting parent’s legal heir. The person being adopted is entitled to all the rights and privileges and is subject to all the obligations of a child born to the adoptive parent.

It is important to keep in mind that only about two-thirds of states in the United States offer a legal process to adopt another adult. Although the adult adoption process will vary from state-to-state, the three main reasons people pursue adult adoption are the same:

  • inheritance
  • formalizing an existing parent/child relationship
  • establish legal rights for perpetual care for a disabled adult

Read on to learn more about each of the adult adoption process in California.

The Nuts and Bolts of Adult Adoption

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Adoption Services We Offer
Uncontested Stepparent Adoption - one minor child
(for each additional minor child add $150)
Petition to Terminate Parental Rights of unknown father $599
Petition to Terminate Parental Rights (Willful Failure to Support or Abandonment) $599
Adult Adoption - 1 adoptor & 1 adoptee
(add $150 if there are 2 co-adoptors)
Independent Adoption $650*
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*Adoptions involving children with Native American ancestry will have higher fees.