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I am interested in adopting a child. What options do I have?

There are several types of adoptions. Some are private adoptions handled by an attorney or a private agency and others involve a state agency such as the Department of Human Services. The most frequent adoptions are:
  • Private agency ward adoptions
  • Direct placements
  • State and court ward adoptions
  • Relative adoptions
  • Stepparent adoptions
  • Inter-country/interstate adoptions

For more information on stepparent or relative adoptions, please contact your local Circuit Court, Family Division. For other adoptions, you may contact a licensed child-placing agency.