December 15, 2006, Newsletter Issue #77: General Requirements for Adopting Parents

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Many agencies have similar requirements for potential adopting couples. Adopting parents must be between 18 and 40 years of age. Parents older than 40 may be asked to adopt a slightly older child. In most cases, couples that have been married for at least three years will have an easier time completing an adoption than single parents.

A physician must prove that a parent is healthy enough to adequately care for a child. Financial stability and steady employment are also deciding factors for potential adoptive parents. Specific agencies may give preferences to infertile couples or couples with a specific religious affiliation.

Regardless of agency criteria, every parent must successfully complete a homestudy to be approved to adopt. The homestudy maintains state adoption laws as well as requiring medical records, a criminal background check, background information on each adopting parents, and a safety assessment of the home.

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