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Michigan Adoption Laws

State laws govern the adoption process and often vary from one another, which sometimes presents challenges when families of adopted children move to other states. Under Michigan adoption laws, anyone can be adopted but children 14 years and older may not be adopted unless they give their own consent. Also, state law provides prospective adoptive parents 21 days in which to challenge a denial.

Some of the main highlights of Michigan adoption laws are listed in the box below. Explore FindLaw's Adoption section for additional articles and resourcs.

Code Section MCLA §710.21, et seq.; No
Who May Be Adopted Any person
Age that Child's Consent Needed 14 years and older
Who May Adopt Any person; if married, spouse must join.
Home Residency Required Prior to Finalization of Adoption? 6 months, unless waived by court
State Agency/Court Family Independence Agency/Family Division of Circuit
Statute of Limitations to Challenge 21 days from entry of order or denial of petition for rehearing

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Michigan adoption attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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