Any proper adult person, not married, or any person married to the legal father or
mother of a minor child, or a husband and wife jointly, may petition the family court
of the circuit in which the person or persons reside or are in military service or
the family court of the circuit in which the individual to be adopted resides or was
born or in which a child placing organization approved by the department of human
services under the provisions of section 346-17 having legal custody (as defined in section 571-2) of the child is located, for leave to adopt an individual toward whom the person
or persons do not sustain the legal relationship of parent and child and for a change
of the name of the individual. When adoption is the goal of a permanent plan recommended by the department of human
services and ordered pursuant to section 587A-31, the department may petition for adoption on behalf of the proposed adoptive parents.
The petition shall be in such form and shall include such information and exhibits
as may be prescribed by the family court.
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