Many people think that they need to be married to adopt a child. But, especially in recent years, more and more people are choosing to take in a child while they are still single.
According to a report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, nearly one-third of adoptive parents are single. The vast majority of single adoptive parents are female – however, a small but growing number of single men adopt as well.
Although single status generally does not prevent someone from adopting, there are still additional considerations a single person looking to adopt should think about.
What singles thinking of adoption should consider
Legally, any adult can adopt. However, the decision to take in a child as a single person requires a lot of self-reflection. Adoption professionals advise singles to consider:
- Will the child fit into your lifestyle?
- Does your employer support employees who are parents?
- Do you have a strong support network?
- Am I ready to raise a child to adulthood?
- Can you financially hold a job and care for a child at the same time?
- Do you feel you can provide a nurturing environment on your own?
Ultimately, the decision to become a parent is one a person must make for themselves. Single or not, opening your home to a child in need is an admirable endeavor. If you feel you are ready to bring a child into your life, even as a single person, consult with an experienced adoption attorney to learn more about your options.