Adoption proceedings are filed with the Gloucester County Surrogate.

Types of Adoptions

In the State of New Jersey there are several types of adoptions:

  • Adult
  • Agency Placements
  • Close Relative
  • Private Placements
  • Second Parent
  • Step Parent

Adoption records are sealed upon the final hearing and the statutes are clear that the contents are confidential and can only be disclosed by court order and for good cause. The filing fee for all adoptions is $175 per application. All adoption matters are heard before the Honorable John J. Matheussen, J.S.C.

  1. Adult Adoptions
  2. Agency Placement Adoptions
  3. Close Relative Adoptions
  4. Private Placement Adoptions
  5. Second Parent Adoptions
  6. Step-Parent Adoptions

What To File For an Adult Adoption

  1. Verified Complaint and Judgment
  2. Consent of Adult Adoptee
  3. Method of payment

Consult an Attorney

The Surrogate Court does not provide a Pro Se packet for adoptions. It is highly recommended to consult an attorney that practices family law.

If you choose to prepare the adoption pleadings yourself and represent yourself in court, review the following reference resources available at the law library: New Jersey Practice Volumes 7a, 8, 8a, and 9 (index); and Rules Governing the Courts of the State of New Jersey.

New Jersey Courts

  • Honorable Mark Shoemaker, J.S.C.

    Gloucester County Justice Complex
    Court Room #204,
    70 Hunter Street
    Woodbury, NJ 08096
    Phone: 856-878-5050, ext. 15572
    Fax: 856-379-2474

  • Special Deputy Surrogate Lori A. Cossaboon: 856-853-3285
  • Gloucester County Bar Association: 856-848-4071
  • Law Clerk: 856-878-5050
  • Lawyer Referral: 856-848-4589