Infographic Text: What is the age limit for adoptive parents in America?
The answer depends on where you live. Only 16 states record specific minimum age requirements for adoption.
These states require parents to be at least 18 years of age:
- New Jersey
These states require parents to be at least 21 years of age:
These states require parents to be at least 25 years of age:
These states require parents to be at least 10 years older than the adopted child (or 15 in the case of Idaho):
- New Jersey
- South Dakota
No state has a maximum age for adoptive parents. As long as you are physically stable enough to care for a child, you can adopt it from a government service. Some private organizations, however, cut off at the age of 40.
If you need help to determine if adoption is right for you, think of speaking with a therapist.
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