One of the first questions prospective parents have is whether they will be allowed to adopt a child.
Although the laws vary in each state, most adults are eligible whether they are married or single, and regardless of sexual orientation. People with disabilities can adopt and are protected from discrimination by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Age requirements vary. In many states you must be 18 years old, but some require adoptive parents to be at least 21 or 25 years old. There are states that allow minors to adopt under special circumstances, and a few states that require adoptive parents to be at least 10 or 15 years older than the child.
There is no set income level requirement, but you must be able to provide for the child’s needs. You do not have to own a home, but you do need adequate and stable housing.
Step-parents can adopt step children. Relatives, such as grandparents, often adopt children who have been removed from their parents by the state or whose parents have died.
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