Who may adopt?

In California, any adult may file a petition to adopt a child.  The child must be at least ten years younger than the petitioner.

Once upon a time, married couples only applied to become adoptive parents.  Today, since and divorced people also apply. California law has no specific age, social background, income level or housing situation requirements.  No one is more qualified than the next person.  However, working parents would have to show how child care will be provided.

If you are interested in becoming an adoptive parent, you can receive information from California’s Department of Social Services who will provide you with public and private adoption agencies.  If you need help with the actual adoption process, contact an Orange County Family Law attorney who is familiar with the adoption process in California.