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

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Who May Adopt

Citation: Rev. Stat. Ann. §§ 127.020; 127.030; 127.190

The following persons may adopt:

  • An adult person at least 10 years older than the adopted minor person
  • Any adult who is older than the adult person that he or she is adopting

A court may approve the adoption of a child without regard to the age of the child and the ages of the prospective adoptive parents if the following apply:

  • The child is being adopted by a stepparent, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, or first cousin, and, if the prospective adoptive parent is married, also by the spouse of the prospective adoptive parent.
  • The court is satisfied that it is in the best interests of the child and in the interest of the public.

Any adult person or any two persons married to each other may petition the court to adopt a child. A married person not lawfully separated from his or her spouse may not adopt a child without the consent of his or her spouse, if such spouse is capable of giving such consent.

Who May Be Adopted

Citation: Rev. Stat. Ann. §§ 127.020; 127.190

The following persons may be adopted:

  • A minor child at least 10 years younger than the adoptive parent
  • Any adult person younger than the adoptive parent

Who May Place a Child for Adoption

Citation: Rev. Stat. Ann. §§ 127.040; 127.050

The parents or guardian of the child may consent to a specific adoption or relinquish the child to an agency authorized to accept relinquishments. An agency that provides child welfare services or a licensed child-placing agency may accept relinquishments and make adoptive placements.