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What are the adoption laws in my State? How do I find out about my State laws governing adoption (e.g., consent to adopt; who can adopt, etc.)?

Child Welfare


Child Welfare Information Gateway, a service of the Children’s Bureau, provides links to summaries of specific aspects of state adoption laws (domestic/intercountry/postadoption) and other relevant legal information in its web section State Laws on Adoption.

While every attempt has been made to be as complete as possible, additional information on these topics may exist in other sections of a state's code, as well as in agency regulations, case law, and informal practices and procedures.

For more information, you may wish to contact an attorney familiar with adoption laws in your state; the American Bar Association website provides the Find Legal Help webpage, which includes pro bono attorney referrals and links to court resources.

Last Reviewed: July 13, 2020