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New Jersey Adoption Laws

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Code Section 9:3, et seq. (minor); 2A:22-1 et seq. (adult); No
Who May Be AdoptedAny person. If adult adoption, must be 10 years younger than petitioner
Age that Child's Consent Needed10 years and older (to be given consideration)
Who May AdoptAny person of at least 18 yrs. If petitioner is married, spouse must consent or application may be made jointly. Court may waive any of these requirements for good cause.
Home Residency Required Prior to Finalization of Adoption?6 months
State Agency/CourtHuman Services/Superior, Chancery Division, Family Dept.
Statute of Limitations to ChallengeNot specified

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