CA Adoption: You must inquire about Indian Heritage

Posted on: July 14th 2011

When processing an adoption in California, you must make inquiry as to whether birth parents have any Indian heritage. Most importantly, all California courts are requiring proof that this inquiry was made for all adoptions. Your adoption request may be rejected (think San Mateo County) for failure to file these forms with your request. This is true for newborn adoptions, stepparent adoptions, even relative adoptions. You can find the appropriate forms (right now there are two of them) at the Judicial Council website. If you have questions about this inquiry or need help noticing all necessary Indian tribes, contact our office for a 15-minute complimentary consultation.