All documents must be filed to commence the adoption proceedings. Juvenile forms may be accessed online at the Wisconsin Court System or Wisconsin Department of Health Services. A packet of forms is also available from the Clerk of Courts Office for $5. Both the petitioner and the adult to be adopted must attend the hearing.

If the adult being adopted was born in a state other than Wisconsin, the completed report of adoption and order for adoption will be provided to you following the hearing so that you may obtain an amended birth certificate through the registrar of that state.

Adult Adoption Forms
Form Number
Form Name
Petition for Adoption - Child / Adult
To initiate a proceeding in the court for approval of an adoption of a child or adult.
Consent to Adoption
Affidavit by the parent whose rights were not terminated consenting to the adoption of their biological child. Affidavit of a minor over 12 years of age consenting to their adoption by their stepparent.
Order of Adoption
Order formally indicating the court's decision to grant the adoption petition.
DHFS Form HCF5022
Report of Adoption (not available on website)
Statistical form to amend birth certificate. It is to be noted (Wisconsin births only) that a check for $40 payable to the Bureau of Vital Statistics for the birth certificate must be paid on the day of the hearing. If more than one copy is desired, please include $3 for each additional copy.

The guideline is provided as a public service and is not intended to be legal advise. If you have any questions about the from or the procedure, please contact an attorney as the Clerk of Courts cannot give legal advice.