Adoption Services

This office assists with all of the adoption filings in Berrien County.

Please note: This office doesn’t take the place of an adoption agency.

Please mail or hand-deliver the appropriate adoption materials to the attention of Adoption Services. If you have questions regarding the requirements, please call 269-983-7111, Ext. 8454.

Click link below for instructions for filing an adoption:



Filing fees are due at the time of the case filing. Check or money order payable to Berrien County Probate Court.

Fees Associated with Adoptions

Service Fee
Adoption Filing Fee $175
Certified Order of Adoption $11
Home Visit - Minor
Home Visit - Adult
Motions and Petitions $20
Adoption Search Fee $25
Delayed Registration of Foreign Birth $186
Michigan Birth Certificate - Must be Born in Michigan* $50

*Payable by check or money-order made out to the State of Michigan.