State Legal Adoption Resources
Find resources in this section to help in implementing State adoption law.
Adoption by Relatives in Wisconsin Including Stepparent Adoption
Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services (2008)
Provides an overview of the relative adoption process in Wisconsin, addressing termination of parental rights, petition to adopt, agency investigation, and the hearing on adoption.
Adoption Proceedings Benchbook
Michigan Judicial Institute
Offers links to statutory law, court rules, case law, and other publications in Michigan addressing a number of adoption-related topics, including consent, termination of parental rights, intercountry adoption, subsidies, appeals, records, and more.
Completing an Adoption in Minnesota: The Rights and Responsibilities of Birth Parents, Prospective Adoptive Parents and Adoption Agencies (PDF - 315 KB)
Child and Safety Permanency Division, Minnesota Department of Human Services (2006)
Explains the legal process for adoption in Minnesota, including information on consent, home studies, court processes, the child's background information, and the birth parents' expenses.
The Effect of MEPA-IEP Legislation in Ohio: A Guide to the Multiethnic Placement Act of 1994 as Amended by the Interethnic Adoption Provisions of 1996 (PDF - 272 KB)
Children, Families, and the Courts Ohio Bulletin, 2(2), 2005
Summarizes findings of a review examining the compliance of Ohio and Hamilton County with title VI of the Civil Rights Act and the Multiethnic Placement Act, as amended (MEPA), and outlines activities implemented in Ohio to improve compliance. The article also includes a self-assessment instrument for MEPA compliance.
Indian Child Welfare Act Compliance Desk Aid for New York State Child Welfare Workers (PDF - 285 KB)
New York State Office of Children and Family Services (2006)
Outlines requirements of the Indian Child Welfare Act to help agencies remain in compliance when an American Indian child enters the child welfare system.
Multi-Ethnic Placement Act (MEPA)
Villanueva & Lakey (2007)
Presents training materials to educate Oregon child welfare staff on MEPA requirements. The course is designed for caseworkers placing children in substitute care and their supervisors, as well as staff who recruit, assess, and train foster care and adoptive families.
Open Adoption and Mediated Contact Agreements (PDF - 263 KB)
Corinne Wolfe Children's Law Center (2007)
Explains current law in New Mexico and discusses best practices for supporting adoptive and birth parents through an open adoption mediation and the development of a postadoption contact agreement. The bulletin also describes the roles of the judge, caseworker, court advocate, attorneys, CASA volunteer, and citizen review board member in supporting open adoptions.
What to Expect From an Adoption Attorney: A Guide for Prospective Adoptive Parents in New York State
Adoption Now Workgroup, New York State Office of Children and Family Services (2006)
Provides information on the legal relationship of adoption, filing an adoption petition, the role of an adoption attorney, hiring and paying for an adoption attorney, signing a retainer agreement, and the rights of a client.