Adoption

Adoption cases include both minor and adult adoption.  

Adoption cases are impounded while they are pending and sealed 30 days after they are closed. On the day you receive your Adoption judgment go to the Circuit Clerk’s office to receive certified copies of the Adoption judgment for your records.  

If an Adoption judgment was entered within the last 30 days, the individuals on the case, or the attorney of record, are the only parties that can obtain a copy of the judgment from the Circuit Clerk.  If the judgment was entered more than 30 days prior, a Motion and Notice of Motion will need to be filed, and a court date scheduled to obtain a court order to unseal the file for the Circuit Clerk to make copies.  If the motion is granted, a certified copy can be obtained from the Circuit Clerk.