What criteria must I meet to adopt in California?


An individual may have long yearned to be a parent but never found that right person to have a child with. They may have struggled with infertility and want a son or daughter to complete their family. These are just two factors that motivate individuals to look at adoption as a way to complete their families. California lawmakers have instituted guidelines to keep children safe and help ensure that they are in a loving home.

There’s no requirement for you to be married if you want to adopt in California. Single individuals are eligible to adopt children.

While there’s no age limit, the prospective parent must be 10 or more years older than the child that they’re bringing into their home. If the person adopting the child is a first cousin, stepparent, sibling or other relative, then the age gap requirement may be disregarded.

Individuals with felony convictions on their records may even be able to adopt. While those who have been found guilty of domestic violence or child abuse will likely have difficulty if they seek to adopt, those with other convictions may be able to move forward with the adoption. A case worker will likely consider how long ago the crime occurred and whether you’ve been rehabilitated when deciding whether you can adopt.

You may have to sit down with a social worker to make sure that you’re aware of the highs and lows that come with adoption and that you and your spouse or family are all on board with the process before you’re allowed to continue. You may be required to undergo a home study before a placement can occur as well.

If you are considering adopting a child, you should consult with an experienced family law attorney to learn more about the additional qualifications that you may have to meet to adopt a child. Once it’s confirmed that you meet those criteria, your attorney can walk you through what to expect during the process.

2022-04-04T18:43:36+00:0029 Jan 2019|
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