Requirements to Adopt a Child
Adoption Choices of Arizona adheres to each state’s private domestic adoption laws and requirements. If you are eligible to adopt in your state, you are likely eligible to adopt through us.
FAQ about the requirements to adopt a child through our agency:
Do I have to be married to adopt a child?
There are no marriage requirements to adopt a child in Arizona.
Some states require married couples to be married for 2-3 years before they are eligible to jointly adopt a child.
How old do you have to be to adopt?
In six states (Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Washington), adoptive parents must be 18 years old to adopt a child. In three states (Colorado, Delaware, and Oklahoma), adoptive parents must be 21. And finally, two states (Georgia and Idaho) require adoptive parents to be 25 years old.
Some states (California, Georgia, Nevada, New Jersey, South Dakota, and Utah) require the adoptive parents to be at least 10 years older than the adopted child.
All other states do not specify a minimum age to be eligible to adopt.
How old is too old to adopt?
There are very few state laws that disallow older people of a specific age from adopting a child.
However, during the adoption home study, your physical and mental health will be evaluated to ensure you are healthy enough to raise a child.
I was convicted of a felony in the past; am I unable to adopt a child?
If you were convicted of a felony, it doesn’t necessarily mean you cannot adopt. Your home study social worker will speak with you about the felony, when and why it happened, what you learned from that event, and how you’ve taken steps to correct any past mistakes.
Whether you are deemed eligible to adopt largely relies on the nature of the felony. If the felony involved child abuse or neglect, domestic violence, child pornography or sexual assault, it is highly unlikely that your home study will be approved and that you will be eligible to adopt a child.
Can same-sex couples and homosexual single parents adopt a child?
There are very few states with laws that specifically prohibit the LGBT community from adopting a child. Adoption Choices of Arizona is committed to building families; we understand that every family, and every adoption plan is unique and we have been proudly assisting LGBT, Jewish, Muslim, single, or interfaith individuals and couples since we opened our doors.