When you decide to adopt a child, you likely have a lot of questions that you want answered. One of these might be who is able to be adopted. The answer to this question is that there are hosts of children in California who are waiting to be adopted.
You can adopt a newborn; however, you might find that you have a wait for this option. If you don’t want to wait and don’t mind an older child, you can find children from toddlers to teenagers who are waiting for a loving home to call their own.
In some cases, you can adopt disabled individuals, including adults, who need care. You should remember that California does have a law that the person who adopts must be 10 years older than the person they are adopting.
Stepparents might be interested in adopting a stepchild. While this is still an adoption just like any other, the process is a bit different since the child already lives with the stepparent.
While many people automatically think that they want to adopt a newborn, it might be worth considering other age groups that you are willing to consider. You might be surprised at who you find that could add some new life to your family.
Before you take any steps in the adoption process, make sure that you fully understand what is going on. Adoption is a very serious matter because you are agreeing that you are responsible for a person for his or her entire childhood. No matter what happens in your life, the child is your child just like a birth child would be.
Source: FindLaw, “Who May Be Adopted?,” accessed July 06, 2017