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Colorado
21
Delaware
21
Oklahoma
21
Tennessee
18
Washington
18

Adoption Requirements by State 2024

Adoption Requirements by State 2024

Adoption Requirements by State 2024

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State
Minimum Age
Residence Requirements
LGBT Restrictions
Idaho25 or at least 15 years older than adopteeNoneNone
Georgia25 and at least 10 years older than adopteeMust be a Georgia resident for 6+ monthsNone
Colorado21NoneNone
Delaware21Must be a resident of DelawareNone
Oklahoma21NoneNone
New Jersey18 and at least 10 years older than adopteeNoneNone
Kentucky18 (waived if residence requirement met)Must be Kentucky resident for 12+ months (waived if age requirement met)None
Louisiana18 (single parent adoption)NoneNone
Montana18 (single parent adoption)NoneNone
Tennessee18Must be a Tennessee resident for 6+ monthsNone
Washington18NoneNone
ConnecticutNoneNoneNone
District of ColumbiaNoneNoneNone
IndianaNoneMust be a resident; exceptions applyNone
MaineNoneNoneNone
MichiganNoneNoneNone
MinnesotaNoneMust be a Minnesota resident for 12+ monthsNone
MissouriNoneNoneNone
New MexicoNoneMust be a resident; exceptions applyNone
OregonNoneMust be an Oregon resident for 6+ monthsNone
PennsylvaniaNoneNoneNone
South CarolinaNoneMust be a resident; exceptions applyNone
VermontNoneNoneNone
VirginiaNoneNoneNone
West VirginiaNoneNoneNone
South DakotaMust be at least 10 years older than adopteeNoneNone
New YorkMust be an adult (at least 18 years old)NoneNone
CaliforniaAdult and at least 10 years older than adopteeNoneNone
NevadaAdult and at least 10 years older than adopteeNoneNone
UtahAdult and 10 years older than adopteeUnmarried cohabiting couples cannot adoptNone
AlaskaAdult (single parent adoption)NoneNone
ArkansasAdult (single parent adoption)NoneNone
FloridaAdult (single parent adoption)NoneNone
HawaiiAdult (single parent adoption)NoneNone
IowaAdult (single parent adoption)NoneNone
MississippiAdult (single parent adoption)Must be a Mississippi resident for 6+ monthsNone
New HampshireAdult (single parent adoption)NoneNone
North DakotaAdult (single parent adoption)NoneNone
OhioAdult (single parent adoption)NoneNone
WisconsinAdult (single parent adoption)NoneNone
AlabamaAdultNoneNone
ArizonaAdultMust be a resident of ArizonaNone
IllinoisAdultMust be an Illinois resident for 6+ monthsNone
KansasAdultNoneNone
MarylandAdultNoneNone
MassachusettsAdultNoneNone
NebraskaAdultNoneNone
North CarolinaAdultNoneNone
Rhode IslandAdultNoneNone
TexasAdultNoneNone
WyomingAdultMust be a Wyoming resident for 60+ daysNone
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Adoption Requirements by State 2024

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