What is the adoption age limit for a child?

What is the adoption age limit for a child?

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  • DeeDee
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    Hello Lita,
    A greater number of older people are adopting children domestically (in the U.S.) these days. In the past, most adoption agencies said that you couldn't be more than 40 years older than the child you were planning to adopt. So, for an infant, you would need to be 40 or younger, but for a 10 year old, you could be as old as 50. However, those guidelines have been changing. Agencies are encouraging older people to adopt children — especially from foster care because the need for families is so great. According to WACAP, there are no actual age limits for U.S. adoptions. As long as the adoptive parents are healthy and able to provide adequate care for a child, they can be considered. Keep in mind that adopting an infant domestically when you're over age 40 is more difficult and often results in much longer wait times than younger parents experience.

    As for international adoption, it all depends on the country. China has no upper age limit for adopting. According to Holt International, both parents must at least 30 years old when submitting their dossier, and there can be an age difference of 50 years between the child an the younger spouse.
    Russia (before adoptions closed) was allowing people up to age 60 to adopt. The Inter-Country Adoption Law of the Philippines says that an adoptive parent must be at least 27 years old and at least 16 years older than the child they are planning to adopt. The law does not state an upper limit.

    So, it is definitely possible to adopt a child if you are older. If this is something you're interested in, I would encourage you to do some more research and speak to an adoption professional. For more information, check out these resources on older parent adoptions:

    https://adoption.com/older-parent-adoption
    http://www.adopting.com/older-parent.html
    https://adoption.com/am-i-too-old-to-adopt

    Good luck! 
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