How to become Adoptive Parents?

Adoptive parents can define as two persons who adopt and raise a child as their own. It opposes biological parents.

Adopting a child can be a noble decision as you can love a child who does not have a blood relationship. Here you can see one of the adoptive parents share his idea of adoption. 

“It is good to be reminded of your roots and the whole reason you are doing this. I am incredibly honoured and proud to be able to love a child that needed love in his life, and no matter what happens, we will always be a haven of love for Samy.” 

Alex, an Adoptive father

What is the difference between adoptive parents and foster parents?

So, the main difference between adoptive parents and foster parents is the type of commitment. Foster parenting is a temporary/short-term solution. They take a child into their family for a specific period. However, adoption is a permanent solution. They have full parental responsibility. Also, the adopted child consider as a permanent member of the family.

Do adoptive parents have parental responsibility?

Yes. When adoptive parents get the court’s adoption order, they get the child’s legal responsibility as well. Also, it removes all the legal responsibility of the biological parents. 

How to become adoptive parents?

The process and standard of adoption can vary from country to country. So, here we mention several countries and their requirements for adoption.

Basic requirements under US Federal Law

  1. Must be a US Citizen.
  2. If you are unmarried, you must be at least 25 years old.
  3. If you are married, you must jointly adopt the child (even if you are separated but not divorced), and your spouse must also be either a US citizen or in legal status in the United States.
  4. You must meet requirements that will determine your suitability as a prospective adoptive parent, including criminal background checks, fingerprinting, and a home study.
  5. In addition to federal law, it has to fulfil the domestic state’s legal requirements as well. Read More

Basic Requirements under UK Law

  • The child must be under 18 years when the adoption application is made.
  • Consent of child’s birth parents for adoption
  • The minimum age limit of adoptive parents should be 21years or over.
  • Adoptive Parents may not have British citizenship but must have a fixed and permanent home in the UK.
  • They must live in the UK for at least one year before you begin the application process. Read More

Basic Requirements under Myanmar Law. 

Currently, Burmese law does not allow non-Burmese nationals to adopt or have legal custody of Burmese children. Read More

Basic Requirements under Indian Law

  1. Adoptive parents shall be physically, mentally and emotionally stable, financially capable and shall not have any life-threatening medical condition.
  2. Irrespective of his marital status and whether or not he has a biological son or daughter, adoptive parents can adopt a child subject to the following, 
    1. the consent of both the spouses for the adoption shall be required in the case of a married couple
    2. a single female can adopt a child of any gender
    3. a single male shall not be eligible to adopt a girl child
  3. No child shall be given adoption to a couple unless they have at least two years of a stable marital relationship.
  4. The minimum age difference between the child and the adoptive parents shall not be less than 25 years.
  5. The age criteria for prospective adoptive parents shall not be applicable in relative adoptions and adoption by step-parent.
  6. Couples with three or more children shall not be permitted for adoption except in the case of special needs children. Read More

Basic Requirements under Sri Lankan Law

  • The minimum age limit of adoptive parents should be more than 25 years. 
  • The age gap between applicant parents and child should at least be 21 years.
  • Applicant parents should declare the details of their assets.
  • Medical certificate of they are not having or no positive signs of childbirth
  • Permanent House
  • Monthly income more than LKR.30,000.00
  • Request letter (regarding the adoption)to the Department of Probation and Child Care Services. Read More details.

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