Adult Adoption

Adoption, at the core of everything is a legally binding process, in which a family unit is born and one or more adults agree to take parental custody of a child and its well-being. However, sometimes the adoption process involves the adoption of adults by fellow adults. So to speak.

Adult adoption is that of adopting someone over the age of 18. Some states are more strict than others, but in every case the adopter will need legal consent from the adoptee to finalize the adoption. An adult may opt to be adopted at 18 if he or she became a legal adult before he or she was available for adoption in the foster care system. It is also sometimes done for legal purposes, particularly to secure inheritance. Some adult adoptees may also choose to be adopted by their birth parents after a successful search and reunion.

Some states have their own exceptions to the adult adoption: Michigan and Nebraska do not allow adult adoption. In Arizona, the adult has to be under 21. Alabama only allows adult with severe disabilities to be adopted. Ohio only allows adults who have established a relationship via foster or stepparent or those with severe mental and physical disabilities to be adopted after their 18th birthday. Foreign adult adoption is less lenient of a process and should be evaluated on a case basis.

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roberta - 1 year ago
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i am a 43 yr old mom of 3 adult children. i want nothing more than to adopt someone who wants a family. i have a hard time finding where to go to find someone who is looking for parents. everyone needs a family and a home to go to. #1
Bekah - 10 months ago
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I am 22 year old girl who has never had a real parent figure in my life and most of all, I have always wanted a mother. I have been searching for a long time but have not yet been successful. I know it may seem child-ish or weird, but it is something I have always wanted and I know it would make me happy. I feel as if I have an empty void in my heart. I really want a mother more than ANYTHING... #2
Jay - 6 months ago
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Message for Bekah. I would love to make contact with you and get to know you. Please contact the moderator on this website as she has my email address and will give it to you if you want to get in touch with me. #3
Shi - 1 year ago
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I am a 21 year old male, browned skinned, Half Japanese, half Brazilian mixed with Hawaiian and american Indian. I have been having a hard time at life. prviously being adopted by people who didnt actually care for me. Though i'm not much of a kid anymore, i still would like to have a home and people who care for me. I'm out of a home now and struggling a bit. I hope anyone who reads this who would like to have an addition to their family could reach out to me. a real family is all i ever wanted. #4
Ani - 8 months ago
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Each state is different. If you have someone in mind that you would like to adopt, it's easiest. However, for those of you that don't know where to look, start volunteering with troubled youth. Also, becoming a foster parent to teenagers is a good road to go. Many kids age out of the system and have no lasting family ties. That is what happened to me. My foster mom is legally adopting me now. I'm 35 years old and it will be the first time I've had an actual mother in my life. It's NEVER too late to open your heart and your home. Also, anyone accepting of LGBTQ, check out PFLAG. LOTS of kids are put out on their own by parents who refuse to accept them. Many end up suicidal because they feel that no one cares about them. If you truly want to help, there are a million ways that you can do so. Thousands of adult children need love and family. #5
Rob Rho - 1 month ago
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Hi Shi; I read your profile, and I would like to reach out to you. I would like to adopt a son. I`m from Bowling Green,Ky. #6
Bob - 4 months ago
I am 50 years old, happily married for more than 25 years, and I have a 20 year old Chinese woman that we would both very much like me to adopt as my own daughter to formalize our father-daughter relationship. We are very close and stay in contact with each other every day via social media and Skype. Everywhere I have searched has led to a dead end and the only limit I can find online is the maximum age of 14 years old for the adoptee. Is it even possible to adopt her? If the answer is "no", that's fine but we really want this for both of us. Some would speculate it is for other less than honorable reasons but we can assure everyone she loves her Chinese heritage and has long range plans to marry her fiancé of eight years. Any help that can be offered would be very much appreciated. #7
AIMS - 6 days ago
I am seeking to have parents, it is a hard FACT that you would live the rest of your life without parents to care for, every one need to have a family. I am 30 years old male, having 2 daughters, I am a chemist, I just want a family. I hope I would have sisters. #8
Dona - 2 weeks ago
Hi, I am a 26 yr old young mom, and I don't have family, I would love to have a parent or parents. My parents died when I was 17 and 18 years old. I've never had an adult relationship with parental figures and I would love to them in my life and although I'm older I have two young kids that would love to have grandparents. If you would like to contact me at amber shan 143 at g mail dot com, I spaced them just in case it wouldn't show up, Thanks. #9
crystal - 1 year ago
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Roberta, I am also having a hard time finding information. I google it occasionally and end up giving up. I know its rare to, but I thought you can find anything on the net! Haha Back to google I go! Abby, I am sorry you are having such a hard time. Just think about your future and those who truly love and care for you. Hugs! #10
James - 4 months ago
Is there a webpage with list of young adults looking for a forever family? #11
Eleni - 6 months ago
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Hey Roberta and Crystal, I would like more than anything to have a family of my own. I would be trully blessed fi I could become a member of your family. #12

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