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.
- 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.)
- 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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