All documents must be filed to commence the adoption proceedings. Forms may be accessed online at the Wisconsin Court System or Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. A packet of forms is also available from the Clerk of Courts Office for $5. Both the petitioner and the adult to be adopted must attend the hearing.

If the adult being adopted was born in a state other than Wisconsin, the completed report of adoption and order for adoption will be provided to you following the hearing so that you may obtain an amended birth certificate through the registrar of that state.

Adult Adoption Forms

Form Number
Form Name
GF-300Petition for Adoption - Adult
To initiate a proceeding in the court for approval of an adoption of an adult.
GF-301Order for Adult Adoption hearing

Consent to Adult Adoption
Form signed by an adult consenting to the adoption.
GF-303Order for Adoption
Court order to grant or deny adult adoption.

Adult adoptees wishing to change their name must also file a Petition to Change Name and following the instructions listed here

The guideline is provided as a public service and is not intended to be legal advise. If you have any questions about the from or the procedure, please contact an attorney as the Clerk of Courts cannot give legal advice.