Court Jurisdiction and Venue for Adoption Petitions - Delaware

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Jurisdiction

Citation: Ann. Code Tit. 13, § 902

The family court shall have jurisdiction over adoption proceedings.

Jurisdiction is retained until a final decision is rendered, even if the petitioner moves into another county or jurisdiction.

Whenever the family court has jurisdiction for the purposes of terminating parental rights over a child, it shall retain jurisdiction for the purposes of an adoption proceeding.

Venue

Citation: Ann. Code Tit. 13, § 902(b)

The adoption petition shall be filed in the county in which one of the following applies:

  • Where the licensed or authorized agency placing the child is located
  • Where the petitioner resides