Who Can Adopt?
Different types of adoption have different requirements. So, in order to know if you're eligible to adopt, you must first choose which program you want to use, including domestic, international, or foster adoption. But generally, there is a type of adoption that's suitable for anyone wanting to adopt, no matter your age, income, or location. Growing your family has afforded you with many options from which to choose. It's your responsibility to study your options and choose the one that fits you, your situation, and your family best. Domestic
- Adopting within the United States, which is also known as domestic adoption if you're a United States citizen, is basically open to the public. There aren't strict requirements regarding age, marital status, health, or income. However, when applying for adoption, you will have to complete a homestudy. This includes a background check and home visits to make sure your home is a suitable place for a child. This homestudy will also go over your finances to make sure you're financially able to be a parent to the child you're hoping to adopt. However, there aren't set income requirements. Each situation is different. If you want to find out more specifics, check with your individual state first. They can tell you everything you'll need to know. International
- Now, when it comes to adopting internationally, it's quite a bit different than adopting domestically. Each individual country has its own set of adoption requirements, including who can and who can't adopt. And these requirements and guidelines are usually pretty strict. Some countries determine how old or young you can be, how many years between you and the child, how much money you make, your current health, your marital status, your gender, and even your ethnicity. Before beginning any international adoption process, research the country from which you wish to adopt. If you're not eligible, there's no point wasting your time trying to apply and reach adoption finalization. Your best bet is to find another country with which to work. Foster
- While adopting from foster care is considered domestic adoption, it deserves its own category because it is different than domestic infant adoption. Foster adoption is one of the biggest needs in the modern adoption community today. There are so many children in need of a loving, forever home, and adopting from foster care can be a financially effective way to grow and build your family, as most foster adoptions are free or cost a minimal amount. Much of the need is for older children to be adopted. Just as with any other type of adoption, a homestudy is required.
Almost anyone can adopt. It all comes down to finding the right program. That's it! Once you have that figured out, you can move forward with the adoption process. Take it one step at a time and you won't be easily overwhelmed. Also, look for professional help, including adoption attorneys, facilitators, and even agencies. Make sure there is someone on your side, with the child's best interest at heart.