A two-step judicial process in conformance to state statutory provisions in which the legal obligations and rights of a child toward the biological parents are terminated and new rights and obligations are created between the child and the adoptive parents.
An adoption is a legal proceeding that creates a parent-child relationship between persons not related by blood. The adopted child is entitled to all privileges belonging to a natural child of the adoptive parents, including the right to inherit.
To begin an adoption procedure, you may seek the assistance of an attorney or access the information located at Adoption - adoption_famlaw_selfhelp (ca.gov).
Adoption forms are available at our office or at Forms - adoption_famlaw_selfhelp (ca.gov)