Adopting a child is a very serious decision that must not be taken lightly. Adoptive parents must be emotionally and financially prepared to care for their new family member. It is important to consider what are the requirements for adopting a child. Contrary to what many people believe, marital status has no influence on a person’s ability to adopt. There are some variations in the requirements from state to state (https://adoptionnetwork.com/homestudy-requirements-by-state) for adoptions. However, there are some general standard requirements that are true in every state. The basic requirements are:
➢ You must be 21 years of age, financially secure and demonstrate maturity.
➢ Complete an application
➢ Share information regarding your background and lifestyle.
➢ Provide references from relatives and non-relatives
➢ Show proof of marriage and/or divorce if applicable
➢ Participate in a home study which includes interviews with all household numbers
➢ Complete a criminal background check
➢ Complete a background check for any history of abuse and/or neglect
➢ Completed training about the issues faced by abused and neglected children.