Country by country requirements to adopt

For specific country by country guidelines of who can adopt, please see our Country Guidelines Area. 
The general criteria are as follows:

  • You may be single or married (if married, most countries prefer married 2 or more years)
  • You may be parenting other birth, step,  adopted or foster children.
  • You may be childless.
  • You may be of a different religion than your spouse.
  • You may be celebrating your 25th wedding anniversary.  Older parents are considered "experienced" by many countries.
  • You may be in your second marriage. One divorce for each parent is almost always acceptable by most counties.
  • You may be between 25 and 55 years of age or, you may be older than 55 and considering an older school-age child.


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