How much does an adoption cost?

For every adoption there is a $260 filing fee at the Clerk’s Office. Each report has a different fee: Stepparent reports are $300; Relative reports are $550. During the report process, there are small fees for criminal background checks, and on the date of finalization, there will be fees for the new birth certificate and certified copies of the adoption decree.

will pay for your legal paperwork either through a paralegal office, or copies from the Law Library. JAG does legal paperwork for military families, for uncontested step parent adoptions, at no charge.

If you hire an adoption attorney, those fees will vary slightly depending on the attorney. The same fees outlined above will still apply in addition to attorney fees.

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1. Where is Pierce County Adoption Services located?
2. How long does the process take?
3. How much does an adoption cost?
4. Does my child participate in the process?
5. When and where are adoption hearings held?
6. My child’s father is not listed on the birth certificate. Do I have to notify him?