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With such a significant need for adoptive families, it would be ideal if the requirements to adopt from a foreign country were standard across the board, but that is just not so. Eligibility requirements vary from country to country, due much in part to the cultural norms and beliefs in that particular country. When single parenting is not the cultural norm for a country, men and women hoping to adopt as a single parent often have fewer options and stricter requirements when pursuing an international adoption.
MLJ Adoptions has several single parent adoption options, and we are thrilled to have successfully matched children with single parents in several of our country programs. MLJ country programs that accept singles include:
It must also be noted that to be eligible on the US side, single parents are held to the same income requirements as married couples, meeting 125% of current United States poverty guidelines for the number of people in the household (including the intended child(ren) to be adopted). Additionally, single men or women must be at least 24 years old at the time of filing the I-600A/I-800A, and 25 years old at the time of filing the I-600/I-800. Those singles adopting from a Non-Hague country must be 25 at the time of filing the I-600.
If you are single and interested in adopting, please do not be discouraged. With a little research, there is likely an option for you!
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