Adoption Services

This office assists with all of the adoption filings in Berrien County.

Please note: This office doesn’t take the place of an adoption agency.

Please mail or hand-deliver the appropriate adoption materials to the attention of Adoption Services. If you have questions regarding the requirements, please call 269-983-7111, Ext. 8454.

Instructions for filing an adoption (PDF).

Fees

Filing fees are due at the time of the case filing. Check or money order payable to Berrien County Probate Court.

Fees Associated with Adoptions

Service Fee
Adoption Filing Fee $175
Certified Order of Adoption $11
Home Visit - Minor
$100
Home Visit - Adult
$50
Motions and Petitions $20
Adoption Search Fee $25
Delayed Registration of Foreign Birth $186
Michigan Birth Certificate - Must be Born in Michigan* $50

*Payable by check or money-order made out to the State of Michigan.