Who Can Adopt a Child From Foster Care?

Probably the most important “requirements” for adults interested in adopting a child, teen or sibling group from foster care are:

  • Being able to offer a child unconditional commitment, love and support
  • Flexibility and the ability to tolerate change and the unknown
  • A good sense of humor
  • Ability to advocate
  • Stability and self-confidence (secure with yourself)
  • Good communication and problem-solving skills

There are many myths about who is eligible to adopt from foster care.  You can be:

  • An adult of any age, as long as you are at least 18 years old.  There is no upper age limit to adopt from foster care.LGBT flag
  • Starting your family or have other children in your home.  Massachusetts does limit families to a maximum of six children in the home (any combination of biological, step, foster, adopted, etc.) 
  • A homeowner or renter
  • Of almost any income level, as long as there is a stable source of income that can support the family; there is no cost to adopt a child from foster care and financial and medical subsidies may be available 
  • Of any race, ethnicity and religion
  • An adult with a medical or mental health condition and disability; disabilities or medical conditions are not reasons for automatic disqualification from the process; they will likely be a consideration when deciding what type of child you can best parent
  • An adult who is a US citizen or a qualified, documented alien

For more information regarding the Department of Children and Families’ standards for foster and adoptive parents, please visit their guide at http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dcf/adoption/.



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