Adoptive Families Blog

Are We Too Old to Adopt?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 8, 2013

Question: “How old can you be and still adopt?”

Answer: In the past, you could be no more than 40 years older than the child you wished to adopt. Today, this rule is not hard and fast. In fact, we have birth mothers looking for older, more mature couples.

A large number of couples in their forties have waited to start families, and are now adopting because they are unable to conceive. Many of them are as healthy and active as people 10 to 15 years younger and they have caused the adoption system to ease up on age restrictions.

At our center, we’ve seen people well into their fifties adopt successfully. In one situation, the husband was 62 and, because his wife was 15 years younger, they were able to adopt. If you are an older couple, you can usually adopt internationally with less trouble, provided that you are both in good health.

Ask yourself this question: When the child is in his early twenties will he still have parents around who are in pretty good shape?

This information was excerpted from a book written by Lifetime Adoption’s Founder Mardie Caldwell, AdoptingOnline.com. To learn more about how you can adopt a baby or child, please give Lifetime Adoption a call: (530) 432-7373 or visit www.LifetimeAdoption.com.

Topics: Adopting a Baby