Berrien County Trial Court Adoption Services

Berrien County Trial Court
Family Division, Adoption Services
811 Port Street  St. Joseph, MI 49085
Phone:  269-983-7111 x8454
Email:  Cindy Wigent

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)

Instructions for filing for an Adoption in Berrien County

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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 at extension 8454. 


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
Adoption Filing Fee $175
Certified Order of Adoption $  11
Home Visit
  - minor
  - adult  

$  50
Motions and Petitions $  20
Adoption Search Fee $  25
Delayed Registration of Foreign Birth $186
Michigan Birth Certificate - Must be Born in Michigan
(check or money-order made out to the State of Michigan)


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811 Port Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085
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