Questionnaire: Am I Eligible To Adopt A Child?
Adoption laws vary from state to state and, in the case of international adoptions, from country to country. In addition, certain agencies may apply more restrictive criteria to prospective adoptive parents. There are, however, a few general guidelines that apply in most instances, as illustrated by the statements below. As you read through them, check all that apply. Your adoption attorney can go over your responses with you and help you determine the best route for starting your family.
Additional factors such as religion, fertility status, and educational background may be important to certain agencies, countries, or birth parents, but they do not have general significance. Perhaps the most important qualification to be an adoptive parent is the hardest to quantify: your capacity to love and nurture the child that is placed in your family.
More Questions About Your Eligibility to Adopt a Child? Talk to an Attorney
This checklist is a good starting point to see whether you're personally in a position to adopt a child. However, once you've decided to do so, you're going to face a new range of questions especially about the adoption process. For this reason, it's a good idea to speak with a local adoption attorney who can walk you through the process and also help you plan for what happens after the adoption is completed.
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