Wisconsin couples like you who want to adopt a child likely understand that there are plenty of things you need to consider before you adopt. One of these things are the set of requirements that you need to meet before you can even be considered eligible to apply for adopting a child.
American Adoptions lists out the adoption requirements for the state of Wisconsin, as each state has its own set. This first set of requirements are considered the absolute minimum. That means you need to meet all of them to be considered able to adopt. This list includes:
- Being 21 or over
- Having enough space and funds for a child
- Passing background checks
- Being in good mental and physical health
- Completing adoption training
- Being capable of providing a nurturing and safe environment
All parents who intend to adopt a child must fit these requirements first. Things that are not required include your marital status, race, whether or not you have any other children, and whether or not you own or rent your home.
These are just the basic requirements of the state, however. Each adoption agency likely also has its own set of requirements that parents must meet before they’re considered eligible to adopt. Make sure that you check with your agency of choice before you start diving into the process of adoption. You may fit the requirements of some, while not fitting them for others. This does not necessarily reflect on your capabilities as a potential parent, but it’s a good thing to keep in mind.