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Wisconsin Adoption Laws

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Code Section 48.81, et seq.; 882.04; 808.04(7); No
Who May Be AdoptedAny person minor; adult
Age that Child's Consent NeededNo child's consent required; however, minors 12 and older must attend hearing unless court orders otherwise.
Who May AdoptUnmarried adult, husband and wife jointly, spouse of minor's parent may adopt minor. Must be Wisconsin residents and (if practicable and if requested by birth parent) of same religion as adoptee's natural parents. Any resident adult may adopt any other adult.
Home Residency Required Prior to Finalization of Adoption?6 months
State Agency/CourtDepartment of Health & Social Services/Circuit
Statute of Limitations to Challenge40 days

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