Adoption of children (and in some cases adults) is generally carried out in the District Courts of Utah. The adoption process is guided by the Code of Utah. Strict compliance with the Code is required. Adoption may occur through a licensed adoption agency; it may occur by parental placement in which the birth parent places the child directly with the adoptive parents; and it may be a step-parent adoption in which one birth parent approves of the adoption of a child by a step-parent either with the consent of the other birth parent or after certain notice provisions have been carried out.
This process becomes even more complex when a child is adopted from another state, because of the application of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children. As with other areas of family law, me have handled adoptions for many years, and our lawyers are familiar with the formal and informal processes associated with these cases.