How old do you have to be to adopt a child?
Credit:Holly Anissa PhotographyMomentGetty Images
Q:

How old do you have to be to adopt a child?

A:

Quick Answer

In the United States, laws regarding age requirements on adoption vary from state to state, but one must be at least 18 years of age to adopt a child. The requirement of being 21 years of age, however, is much more common.

 Know More

Full Answer

Age is seen as a sign of responsibility, which dictates the adopter's ability to care for the child. This requirement is put in place to ensure that adopted children go to good homes with parents who are financially and emotionally stable. Typically, adoptive parents are between the ages of 25 and 50 years—old enough to be a college graduate, although that is not a requirement, but young enough not yet to be nearing retirement.

Learn more about Social Services

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What are fostering rates?

    A:

    The amount of money foster care providers receive is determined mainly by the child's age. For example, in 2014, Wisconsin provides a monthly amount of $375 for children under 4, $410 for children from 5 to 11, $466.00 for children 12 to 14 and $487 for children 15 and over.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What do I do if I am a foster child who is having a baby?

    A:

    A foster child who is pregnant and is under the age of 18 should first notify their caseworker and foster parents of the pregnancy. After this first step, there are many options available for pregnant foster children, and the United States Department of Health and Human Services lists several advocacy groups that focus specifically on pregnant teenagers who are in foster care.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How much are the payments to foster parents?

    A:

    Payments to foster parents are calculated based on the estimated cost of care for the foster child and differ by the child's needs, age and the state of residency. Some states also vary payments for long-term, short-term and emergency foster parents.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Can my husband adopt my daughter?

    A:

    Each state has its own laws regarding the adoption of a non-biological child by a spouse. In most cases, adoption requires the consent of the biological parent. Some states may also require the child to give consent. Adoption might be possible without consent in cases of non-custodial parent abandonment.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore