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Who May Adopt, Be Adopted, or Place a Child for Adoption?
Series: State Statutes|
Child Welfare Information Gateway |
|Year Published: 2012|
Current Through January 2012
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This factsheet summarizes State laws regarding eligibility for becoming an adoptive parent (in terms of marital status, age, residency, and more), eligibility for being adopted as a child or adult, and authority to place a child for adoption. The summary is followed by an alphabetical listing of States' relevant statutes.
Table of ContentsIntroduction
Who May Adopt?
Who May Be Adopted?
Who May Place a Child for Adoption?
Summaries of State Laws
Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2012). Who may adopt, be adopted, or place a child for adoption? Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau.
This publication is a product of the State Statutes Series prepared by Child Welfare Information Gateway. While every attempt has been made to be complete, additional information on these topics may be in other sections of a State's code as well as agency regulations, case law, and informal practices and procedures.
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