Adoption Proceedings Benchbook -- Revised Edition, 2009-2013.
Michigan Judicial Institute.
Book State Resource
1 v. (various pagings)
Michigan State Courts Administrative Office
925 W. Ottawa Street
Lansing, MI 48913
Intended to assist Michigan judges and other legal professionals, this bench book discusses best practices for conducting adoption proceedings. It begins by defining adoption and the purposes of the Adoption Code, discussing procedures by which parental rights may be terminated prior to adoption of a child, and identifying factors the court must consider to determine a child's best interests. Flowcharts of adoption processes are provided. Following chapters address procedures related to: freeing a child for adoption; identifying the father; adoption eligibility, venue, jurisdiction, and lawyer-guardians ad litem; temporary placements, investigation reports, and safe delivery of newborns; formal placement, adoption petition, adoption order, and adult adoption; rehearings, appeals, rescissions, and dissolutions; direct placement adoption, stepparent adoption, relative adoption, and legal risk adoption; recordkeeping requirements and release of information; and paying the costs of foster care and adoption. The final chapter reviews adoption proceedings involving an Indian child and explains requirements under the Indian Child Welfare Act. Appendices list county and State resources.
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