Adoptive Families Blog

Adoption Q&A: Length of Marriage

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 10, 2013

Question: How long must we be married before adopting?

Answer: Some private and public agencies require that a couple be married for a period of time, usually from one to five years. In private, independent adoptions, the birth mother decides. At our center, we have facilitated adoptions for couples who have been married only 12 months and for as long as 25 years. Many state agencies have relaxed the rules on the longevity of marriage so more parents can adopt waiting children in foster care.

This information was excerpted from a book written by Lifetime Founder Mardie Caldwell, Adoption: Your Step-by-Step Guide. If you have questions about how Lifetime Adoption can help you adopt a baby or child, please call: (530) 432-7373 or visit www.LifetimeAdoption.com.

Topics: Adoption Questions, Adoption Book, Adopting a Baby