Can We Adopt Questions

Having epilepsy does not automatically disqualify you from adopting. It is hard to say how your epilepsy would impact your ability to adopt. The IAC would require a letter from your doctor with a diagnosis...
The answer to this question depends on what state you live in. In California and New York, unmarried partners are allowed to adopt as a couple. However, this is not the case in many other states. Note that...
Yes, it is possible for non-Americans to adopt a California child, but you would need to be living in the United States until the adoption finalized to work with the IAC. Most non-Americans who adopt in...
Yes, you are eligible to adopt. The average age of adoptive parents in the United States is 45. Legally there is no maximum age limit for parents who want to adopt. In the past, many agencies used a "rule...
In general, an HIV positive status will not prevent someone from adopting. This is considered a chronic but treatable condition. You would need a letter from your doctor documenting your diagnosis and...
A person with a felony conviction will probably not be allowed to adopt, but it is difficult to answer this question without knowing what the felony is for. Anyone convicted of a felony that involved violence...
This is a difficult question to answer. The law in each state is different. However, most states will not allow adoptions in families where one or both parents have been involved in a domestic violence...
Yes, people who are in remission from cancer can sometimes adopt, but many agencies forbid it. The IAC allows cancer survivors and those in remission to adopt if they have a prognosis of a normal life...
The answer to this question depends on the state where you live. Some states require you to be a U.S. citizen, but most states allow both U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents (green card holders) to...
Yes, you may adopt if you already have two children. In fact, many birthparents prefer to place with families that already have children because it is the only way to be sure in an adoption that the child will...
A case with Child Protective Services (CPS) will be declared either "substantiated" or "unsubstantiated" following an investigation. A substantiated case is one where the investigation yields evidence that...
The IAC does not discriminate based on age. We allow families of any age to adopt newborns. Although there are no laws that prohibit adoptive families over a certain age from adopting infants, some agencies...
In North Carolina same sex couples are not allowed to adopt together even if they are married, or domestic partners, but single LGBT people are allowed to adopt. In 2009, a North Carolina appeals court ruled...
Yes, single people may adopt at the IAC. While some agencies refuse to work with single parents, the IAC has never had any discriminatory policies based on marital status or any other criteria.
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...

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