The judicial branch of each state, such as the Minnesota Judicial Branch and the Colorado Judicial Branch, provides state-approved legal adoption forms free of charge. The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs also provides links to forms for use in international adoptions.
Most state judicial departments present different kinds of petition adoption forms, such as petitions for custodial, stepparent, kinship and second parent adoption without a civil union. The sites also include instructions and adoption request procedures by the Vital Records Division. American citizens who intend to adopt a child under the custody of another country may check the legal petitions for adoption, consent forms and instructions on the Intercountry Adoption page of Travel.state.gov.