Can single men adopt?

Yes. Single men or women may adopt in most states. Some states only allow married couples to adopt, but this is the exception. Unfortunately, many adoption agencies will not work with single people even when it is permitted by the laws in their state. The IAC does not have any discriminatory policies for adoptive parents, including marital status.

Although single men can adopt, they rarely apply to do so. So far the IAC has placed children with only two single men in more than 30 years. Nevertheless, there is no reason that more single men could not adopt. Single women adopt babies and children all the time.

As in any adoption, you would need to have a home study to determine if your home is a safe physical and emotional space for a child. The home study includes a criminal background check and an assessment of your financial situation.