adoption requirements

What are the Requirements for an Adoption?

Requirements are of two types: First, are those used in the acceptance or rejection of an adopting family such as age, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, state of residence, etc.

Second, are those used in matching a birth mother and child with a family: such as racial heritage, religion, drug and/or alcohol use, health backgrounds, etc. Requirements are determined by the adopting family, birth parents, state and federal governments, and the adoption agency you decide to work with.

The goal of our agency, Adoption Services, is to find a placement where the requirements of the adopting family and those of the birth parents, the state and federal governments, and the adoption agency are all consistent with each other.

For example, the adopting family may want a child from a specific state, of a specific race, religion, or cultural heritage, a "drug free" child, or place some other restrictions on the child they hope to adopt.  The birth parents may decide to place their child only with a couple or single person, a specific religion, age, race, sexual orientation and even a specific state. The federal and state governments may have restrictions that involve Native American Indian children or a child of a specific race. And finally, the adoption agency may have restrictions.

Who are We able to Help?

Since our founding in 1985, we have completed over 900 successful placements with birth parents and families from all over the world and with those of all religions, ages, racial and ethnic backgrounds, those who are divorced, single, gay, lesbian, families living in mobile homes and apartments, and families who already have, or not yet have, children.

What are Our (Adoption Services) Approval Requirements?

The following outlines the approval/disapproval criteria that Adoption Services uses in working with adopting persons.

  1. We have no preset agency restrictions except your ability to be a good parent, compliance with all applicable state and federal laws and regulations, and successful completion of our Registration, Application, and Home Study processes. We will work with an adult of any age, sex, sexual orientation, race, or ethnic background, marital status, length of marriage, family composition, religion, etc.
  2. Each adopting person must complete required state criminal history, child abuse, and FBI clearances. Additionally, each adopting person is required to submit a sworn statement indicating whether he/she has ever been charged with or convicted of a crime in any state and/or other jurisdiction. If there is evidence of any criminal or child abuse history, we will thoroughly investigate the circumstances. If the investigation suggests that an adopting person could be unfit, and/or there is a founded child abuse record or a conviction of a barrier crime (i.e. crime that the state has determined automatically prohibits a person from adopting), Adoption Services will not place a child with the family.
  3. Multiple personal and work references for each applicant must be provided. Recent physical examinations (within the past six months) and medical references must also be provided. These medical references must indicate a “normal” life expectancy and lack of any communicable diseases.
  4. You may be required to obtain written clearances from the provider of any specialized health care you have received.
  5. We ask you to describe the discipline techniques you plan to use with the adopted child. These techniques must be consistent with current psychological practices regarding the use of discipline, and they must comply with the laws in your state of residence.
  6. Married adopting persons who are not able to demonstrate that they have a stable marriage and/or if they have undergone a marital separation within the past year, ASI may request an independent evaluation of their marriage.
  7. Your home must be a safe environment for a child, must be inspected by a licensed adoption agency, and must meet all the requirements of an approved home according to your state’s laws and regulations.
  8. Adoption Services must receive copies of your Tax Returns for the past three years showing financial stability.
  9. You must be truthful and forthcoming in the information you provide. You will be disapproved and lose all fees paid if you provide information that is false and/or misleading.
  10. You must complete all Adoption Services documents and comply with federal, state, and local adoption laws and regulations.
  11. In our Domestic Programs, you should be willing to accept a child of either gender, although you can specify the health, racial mix that you will accept, and other criteria.
  12. In International adoptions, each country has its own set of requirements such as age, marital status, sexual orientation, health history, and/or criminal history that you must meet.

Where Can I Find Additional Sources of Information?

We, at Adoption Services, have extensive experience with both intrastate and interstate adoption. We are here to help you determine the best choice for you and then to help implement your choices in a way that will eliminate problems and concerns. We are able to help you with an adoption regardless of the state in which you reside.

For additional help with an adoption agency adoption visit the link Selecting an adoption Agency. You can also find a list of adoption agencies in your state and neighboring states at the link Domestic Adoption Agencies.

If you need or want some specific personal advice contact your state child welfare agency or state adoption contact. You can also call Dr. Vince Berger, a psychologist and adoption professional.

Please visit our home page to read about our commitment to assist adoptive parents like you as well as pregnant women and birth parents.

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