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Breaking Stereotypes

There are many stereotypes and myths about the adoption process and we would like to provide adoption information to set things straight. A main misconception is that adoption agencies are looking for one perfect type of family to adopt. Just as there are many different types of children looking for families, there are many different types of families.

Different people can be successful parents. We believe that every child has the right to a loving, nurturing and permanent family, and that people from a variety of life experiences offer strengths for these children. Therefore, it is the policy of the National Adoption Center that no person should be denied consideration in the adoption process solely based on marital status, sexual orientation, lifestyle, disability, physical appearance, race, gender, age, religion and/or size of family.

You will find that prospective parents are usually in the 25 to 50 year old range, but age requirements can be even more flexible depending on the age of the child. You can be experienced parents with children in your home, or you can be first-time parents or even have grown children. Agencies will consider single parent adoption, those who are married and many will also accept those in committed, yet unmarried relationships.

Many will consider LGBT adoption, both singles and couples. People with disabilities can and do adopt, and their rights are protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please see the sections for LGBT, Single and Disabled Parents for more adoption information.

Financial Consideration

Another misconception is that you have to be wealthy to adopt. You don't have to own your own home or meet a pre-determined income level to be eligible. Your income may come from employment, a pension or disability payments. Both members of a couple may work. There are tax credits, grants, loans, subsidies and other types of financial aid available. Some families, focused on making adoption a reality, have asked family and friends to donate to their adoption fund in lieu of the usual gifts marking celebrations. Please see "Financing an Adoption" for more information.