Can you adopt if you have a disability?

Although we would need more details, in general, there is no reason that a person with disabilities could not adopt. Again, this would need to be evaluated on an individual basis.

We do not discriminate against people with disabilities, but you would need to talk to a social worker about your disability. Depending on the situation, we may require a letter from a doctor to give a diagnosis and prognosis. This is part of every adoption called a homestudy, where the adoption agency determines if the adoptive household is a safe physical and psychological place for a child.

This is not only a policy of the Independent Adoption Center, its the law under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The IAC has helped create several families where one or both parents were disabled, so our social workers are experienced with these situations.