Adoption Category: Family


An adoption is a court procedure that establishes a legal parent-child relationship between a child and an adult who is not the child’s biological or birth parent. The adoptive parents have all the legal rights and responsibilities of a parent-child relationship. Common types of adopion include stepparent adoption, independent adoption, and adult adoptions.

Terminating Parental Rights

Lee en español: Terminación de los Derechos Paternales Termination of parental rights is a court order that permanently ends the legal parent-child relationship. This type of order terminates rights such as inheritance, custody, and visitation, as well as responsibilities such as child support and liability for the child’s misconduct. Parental...

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Family Law Facilitator
Courts and Procedure

Family law self help assistance, including forms assistance, file review, preparation of orders and judgments and other forms of procedural assistance. Also assists with Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Elder Abuse Restraining Orders,  Probate Guardianship, and Limited Conservatorship cases. Eligibility: Must have family law case in Sacramento County Superior Court.

County of Sacramento Adoption Program

Assists families with legal prerequisites to adoption, and financial assistance in some cases.

Adult Adoption

Adult adoption is a legal procedure in which an older adult adopts a younger adult. Once an adult adoption is complete, the parties assume toward each other a legal parent-child relationship, with all associated rights and responsibilities of such a relationship, including inheritance rights. Adult adoption cannot be used for...

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