Court Jurisdiction and Venue for Adoption Petitions - New Jersey

Date: January 2022


Citation: Ann. Stat. § 9:3-42

An action for adoption shall be instituted in the Superior Court, Chancery Division, Family Part.


Citation: Ann. Stat. § 9:3-42

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

  • Where the prospective parent resides
  • Where the child resided immediately prior to placement for adoption
  • Where the child was born if the child is less than 3 months old

Whenever the child to be adopted has been received into the home of a prospective parent from an approved agency, the action may be instituted in the court of any county in which the approved agency has an office.