Court Jurisdiction and Venue for Adoption Petitions - California
Citation: Fam. Code § 200; Welf. & Inst. Code § 366.3(a)(1)
The superior court has jurisdiction over proceedings under the Family Code.
If a juvenile court orders a permanent plan of adoption, Tribal customary adoption, or adoption of a nonminor dependent pursuant to § 366.31(f), the court shall retain jurisdiction over the child or nonminor dependent until the child or nonminor dependent is adopted.
Citation: Fam. Code §§ 8609.5; 9000
An adoption request for the adoption of a nondependent minor may be filed with the court in the county in which one of the following applies:
- Where the petitioner resides
- Where the child was born or resides at the time of filing
- Where an office of the agency that placed the child for adoption is located
- Where an office of the Department of Social Services or a public adoption agency that is investigating the petition is located
- Where a placing birth parent or parents resided when the adoptive placement agreement, consent, or relinquishment was signed
- Where a placing birth parent or parents resided when the petition was filed
- Where the child was freed for adoption
A stepparent who wishes to adopt a child of the stepparent's spouse may file a petition for that purpose in the county in which the petitioner resides.
A domestic partner who wishes to adopt a child of the other domestic partner may file a petition for that purpose in the county in which the petitioner resides.