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What could affect your ability to adopt?

Wisconsin has numerous adoption requirements in place that prospective parents like you need to consider carefully. Whether or not you fulfill these requirements can have a big impact on your ability to adopt within the state.

American Adoptions lists out the adoption requirements in Wisconsin. They point out that assessing whether or not you're ready to adopt is just the first step. However, that initial assessment is of key importance. During this portion of the process, you should consider if you have enough sustainable income to raise a child, how you and your co-parent will raise a child together, and whether or not you're emotionally ready to support a child.

Outside of that assessment, you must meet basic requirements to legally adopt. Not only does this include having sufficient income and adequate living space, but it also requires you to:

  • Be over 21 years old
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Complete adoption training

In addition to that, your physical and mental well-being will be taken into consideration. By Wisconsin law, you must be in "generally good health" both mentally and physically in order to be eligible to adopt. In the end, all of these requirements satisfy the same purpose: determining whether or not you are able and willing to provide your adopted child with a safe, nurturing, and loving home environment.

If you fit the requirements and feel you are ready to take the next steps in the adoption process, contacting a legal professional could be a good move to consider. They will be able to guide you through the process simply and smoothly, cutting down on stress for you and your prospective child.

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