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What Are Adoption Proceedings?
Adoption matters consist of petitions and hearings thereon. Examples of adoption proceedings are:
  • Petition for Adoption
  • Petition to Terminate Parental Rights
  • Petition to Determine Parent and Child Relationship
  • Petition for Freedom from Custody and Control (Abandonment)
  • International Adoptions

Hearings on adoption matters may be contested or uncontested. If an adoption matter is contested, it will be filed and heard at the Children’s Court in Monterey Park. Uncontested matters may be filed and heard in the district where the petitioner resides. Statutes that govern adoption proceedings are found in Sections 7660-7670, 7800-7895, and 8500-9340 of the Family Code. Chapter 13 of the Los Angeles Superior Court Local Rules, entitled Adoptions and Related Matters, serves as the procedural guide for the Court. It contains examples of the various petitions, consent forms, decrees, citations, notices, and other forms commonly used in adoption matters.
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