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Personalized California adoption support designed to make growing your family a straightforward, hassle-free process.

What is an Adoption?

Adoption is the legal process by which a person becomes a lawful member of a different family from their birth family. An adoption ends the rights of a birth parent and creates rights for the adoptive parent(s).

Once the court has issued the order of adoption, the adoptive parents gain the same rights and responsibilities as parents whose children are born to them. This includes rights to inheritance, child support and other legal matters.

At the time the adoption is finalized, the adopted child’s name can legally be changed, and an amended birth certificate can be issued.

Affordable Adoption in California

Adopting someone into your family is a serious and rewarding undertaking, and A People’s Choice is here to make the process smoother for you.

Our expert team provides affordable document preparation services, guiding you through every step of the adoption process in California.

Whether you’re pursuing a stepparent, independent, or adult adoption, our comprehensive services ensure a positive experience without the high costs of an attorney.


Money saved on average

when you choose A People’s Choice instead of a lawyer

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Stepparent Adoption

Become your stepchild’s legal parent., securing their future and your parental rights of parenthood.

$499 per minor child

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Independent Adoption

Directly adopt a child with the birth parent’s consent, offering a personal and streamlined process.

$650 per adoption


Adult Adoption

Create a legal parent-child relationship with an adult, formalizing familial bonds.

$599 per adoption

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Petition to Terminate Parental Rights (Willful Failure to Support or Abandonment)

Legally terminate the rights of a parent who has failed to support or abandoned the child.

$599 per petition

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Petition to Terminate Parental Rights of Unknown Father

End the parental rights of an unknown father to facilitate the adoption process.

$599 per petition

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California Adoption Resources

Access a wealth of resources and support to guide you through every step of the adoption process.


Who can Adopt in California?

Any adult living in California may file a petition to adopt a child who is at least ten years younger than the petitioner. Married couples are most likely to apply to become adoptive parents, although single and divorced people are not prohibited from adopting in California. The following persons generally may adopt:

  • A husband and wife or two domestic partners, jointly.
  • The unmarried minor birth parent of the person being adopted.
  • An unmarried adult along with the birth parent of the person being adopted.
  • An unmarried adult, individually.
  • An adult who is married or has a domestic partner with the consent of their spouse or domestic partner.
  • In California adoptions, the person adopting must be a California resident.

Types of Adoption

In a stepparent adoption, the family adopting is a birth parent with a new spouse. A stepparent adoption creates a legal relationship between a stepparent and stepchild that did not exist before. The biological parent who is married to the person adopting the child retains their parental rights.
Independent adoption occurs when birth parents and adoptive families find each other on their own or through the help of an adoption intermediary, i.e. pastor, family friend, or doctor. Agency adoptions are handled through a child placement agency, and in California, are licensed by the State Department of Social Services.
Adult adoption is the process whereby a person eighteen years or older is legally adopted by another adult or adults. A relative placement adoption occurs when the birth parent(s) is still a minor, has died or is disabled, or the child has been removed due to abuse and neglect and another relative assumes physical custody and responsibility for the child
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.

Common Questions About California Adoptions

Adoption in California is a legal process that makes a child or adult a permanent member of a new family, transferring all parental rights and responsibilities to the adoptive parents.

  • Agency Adoptions: Managed by public or private agencies responsible for the child’s care and placement.
  • Independent Adoptions: Birth parents select the adoptive parents directly, with support from an Adoption Service Provider (ASP).
  • Adult Adoptions: Establishes a legal parent-child relationship between adults.
  • Stepparent Adoptions: A stepparent adopts their spouse’s child, creating a legal relationship.

To adopt a minor child in California, you can work with local public adoption agencies, California Department of Social Services Adoption Regional Offices, or licensed private adoption agencies. A People’s Choice, as a legal document assistant, can also help prepare and file the necessary adoption documents, making the process smoother and more affordable.

Adoption costs in California can include agency fees, court fees, fingerprinting, medical exams, and other related expenses. A People’s Choice offers affordable fees for legal document preparation:

  • Stepparent Adoption: $499 per minor child
  • Independent Adoption: $650 per adoption
  • Adult Adoption: $599 per adoption
  • Petition to Terminate Parental Rights: $599 per petition

An attorney is typically not required, but legal advice may be helpful, especially for independent adoptions.

You do not need a lawyer to adopt in California. A People’s Choice provides affordable legal document preparation services, making the adoption process accessible and straightforward without the high attorney fees.

Get help with your California adoption today!

A People’s Choice can save you hundreds of dollars by preparing your adoption documents instead of an expensive attorney!