There are several types of adoptions, like adult adoption, step-parent adoption, adoption of a minor child born in the United States of America, or adoption of a minor child born in a foreign country (re-adoption).
A home study must be completed prior to obtaining a court date for the adoption.
You may or may not choose to use the services of an adoption agency or attorney. Adoption forms can be accessed through Wisconsin Courts
. There is no filing fee for adoptions.
Request for Adoption Records
If you were adopted or were the adoptive parent of a person adopted in Douglas County and you want to request a copy of the Order for Adoption, please complete the Request for Adoption Records Form
and present it to the Probate Office. You must present a photo ID at the time you make the request and/or receive the copy.
Wisconsin law does not allow information about adoptions, birth parents, or individuals to be released without a court order. Prior to obtaining a court order from the county where the adoption took place, you must complete a search request through the State Adoption Records Search Program
State of Wisconsin
Adoption Records Search Program
P.O. Box 8916
Madison, WI 53708-8916
Ph: (608) 266-7163