In most states, it is legal to adopt an adult. Among the most popular reasons:
- Close-knit bond with foster family. Once a child has aged-out of the system, a foster family can adopt once the individual the former foster child is legally available for adoption.
- Step-parent's desire to legally adopt their spouse's child(ren), even as an adult.
- Mutual consent by adoptee and birth family upon successful search and reunion.
- Permanent care-giving.
Exceptions in Adult Adoption:
Delaware - stipulates that the primary purpose for such an adoption is for the rights of inheritance.
Alabama- permits adoption of adults over the age of 18 who are permanently disabled or mentally retarded.
Arizona- only permits people under the age of 21 to be adopted (no adult adoption is allowed)
Michigan,Nebraska and Ohio - allow permanently disabled, mentally retarded persons, or adults who have established a relationship with the adoptive parent(s) through foster care or step-parent relationship to be adopted.
The above materials were taken from ask.com.
To find specifics on Who May Adopt or Be Adopted, visit:
- Keyword search: State Statutes Search
- Select appropriate state
- Select and Consent to Adoption
- Who May Adopt, Be Adopted, or Place a Child for Adoption