Who May Adopt, Be Adopted, or Place a Child for Adoption - Mississippi

Date: January 2020

Who May Adopt

Citation: Ann. Code § 93-17-3

The following persons may adopt:

  • An unmarried adult
  • A married person jointly with his or her spouse
  • A State resident for 6 consecutive months immediately prior to the adoption

Adoption by couples of the same gender is prohibited.

Who May Be Adopted

Citation: Ann. Code § 93-17-3

Any person may be adopted.

Who May Place a Child for Adoption

Citation: Ann. Code § 93-17-5

The following persons may consent to the adoptive placement:

  • The parent(s), though either be younger than age 21
  • Any two adult kin of the child if both parents are deceased
  • A guardian ad litem of an abandoned child
  • Persons having physical custody of the child, except persons who are acting as foster parents as a result of placement with them by the Department of Human Services
  • Any person to whom custody of the child may have been awarded by a court of competent jurisdiction
  • The agent of the county department that has placed a child in foster care
  • A duly authorized officer or representative of a home to whose care the child has been delivered