Polk County: Register in Probate


The Probate Office maintains the adoption records for proceedings held in Polk County.   There are stepparent adoptions, domestic adoptions, foreign adoptions and adult adoptions.  All adoption records are permanent and are confidential.  They are not open records.

Stepparent Adoption:
To file for stepparent adoption, you may access the guideline available through this link.  The guideline explains the steps to take to file for a stepparent adoption, lists the forms required, and provides general information to the petitioner.  Keep in mind that a termination of parental rights proceeding with the biological parent must be commenced as well before the court will grant a stepparent adoption.
The probate office can provide a packet of forms for a stepparent adoption for a fee or the forms can be downloaded from the internet at Wisconsin Court System - Circuit court forms; look under the juvenile section.

Foreign and Domestic Adoption:
Petitioners for a foreign or domestic adoption can use the same guideline and forms as listed above. A licensed adoption agency will conduct an investigation of the petitioners for the adoption process. That licensed adoption agency must file their report with the court prior to the adoption hearing.

Adoption Fees:
There is no filing fee when filing for adoption.  There are fees, however, that the petitioners are responsible for in order to complete the process.  A fee schedule can be obtained through this link or from the Probate Office.

Request Adoption Record:
The adoptive parent can request a certified copy of the adoption order by completing this form and filing it with the Register of Probate office.


No.  Adoption records are confidential.  All search requests must go through the Adoption Record Search Program, PO Box 8916, Madison WI 53708-8916, phone number (608) 266-7163.   Additional information is available online at:  http://dhfs.wisconsin.gov/children/adoption/adsearch.htm


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