Adoption Services

Berrien County Trial Court
Family Division, Adoption Services
811 Port Street
St. Joseph, Michigan, USA 49085

Located on the 4th floor of the St. Joseph Courthouse in the Probate Department.
Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  (See Holiday Schedule for office closings)

We offer adoption services to families in order to assist children and parents to be united legally and permanently.

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 at extension 8454. 


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

Michigan Birth Certificate
(check or money-order made out to the State of Michigan)
      $  40
Adoption Filing Fee $150
Certified Order of Adoption $  11
Home Visit
  - minor
  - adult  

$  50
Motions and Petitions $  20
Adoption Search Fee $  25
Delayed Registration of Foreign Birth $161


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811 Port Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085
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