Adoption is one of the best and most selfless ways to expand your family. Bringing a child who needs a loving home into your life is one of the most rewarding things for them and your family. If you live in Michigan and wish to adopt, these are the state laws and requirements you should know.
Types of adoptions in Michigan
Michigan allows for many different types of adoptions. Adopting a baby is the most popular option, but you can also adopt your stepchild, a relative, ward of the state or even an adult. The laws also allow residents to adopt children from other states and countries. Many families also choose to foster children who need homes and formally adopt them.
Children aged 14 and older can be adopted, but they must consent to it. State laws also prohibit adoptions to take place if placement would violate the agency’s religious beliefs.
Who is able to adopt in Michigan?
Many people are allowed to adopt in Michigan. Married couples looking to do so jointly, single adults and individuals married to someone who has legal custody of a child are permitted to adopt. Prospective parents must be emotionally ready for adoption; for example, if a couple has struggled with infertility and decided to stop trying to have a biological child, they must be past the emotional struggles of trying to conceive.
If a person wishes to adopt a child from the foster care system, they must be at least 18 years of age, complete a home study and provide medical statements and three references. The individual must also complete a background check and apply for a license while attending training to prepare for the adoption.
Adoption can be the best thing you have ever done for your family. It may also give a child a wonderful opportunity to be part of a loving home so they can thrive.