Who May Adopt

Statute: § 19-8-3

  • Any adult person, including a foster parent, who:
    • Is at least 25 years old or married and living with his spouse
    • Is at least 10 years older than the child
    • Has been a resident at least 6 months
    • Is financially, physically and mentally able to have permanent custody of the child
    • Married persons must file a joint petition.
      • Any child
      • An adult who gives written consen
    • Who May Place a Child for Adoption

      Statute: § 19-8-4

      • The parent or guardian
      • The department
      • Any child placing-agency

SOURCE: Adoption.com