Adopting E-Magazine, September 2013

  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
You may use the stars on the left to rate and leave feedback for the current article. No registration is required. Waiting for 5 votes 0.0 of 5 stars (0 votes) — Thanks for your vote

Please fill out the following optional information before submitting your rating:

Adopting Announcements

Blogging: Have you thought about starting a blog to share your adoption journey with friends, family or others in the adoption community? We're always looking for volunteer or guest bloggers with an authoritative voice on adoption topics, such as international adoption, foster care, unplanned pregnancy and search and reunion for This may be the perfect time to voice your adoption experiences and share with our community!

Photolisting: Now is the perfect time to raise foster and adoption awareness in your community. If you have your own blog or website, perhaps you would like to add our Photo Listing Widget to help raise awareness of foster children nationwide.

Would you like to help more children from your agency get adopted faster? Click here for a form to add children to our photolisting. This service is FREE to all states and includes a team of technical support and customer service staff to maintain the Photolisting.

Don't see any children from your state? Please contact your local officials to let them know you would like to see children from your state.

How Old is Too Old to Adopt

When deciding to adopt, there are many factors to consider. These factors are different for each person, but some of the common ones include:

  • Time it will take to complete the process
  • The financial cost
  • Choosing between international or domestic adoption
  • If international, which country?

One factor that everyone won't have to consider is age. The question remains: How old is too old to start the adoption process? If you've asked yourself this question, you're not alone. Unfortunately, there isn't a definitive answer. However, when deciding for yourself how old is too old, consider the following:

International Adoption Age Restrictions

Every country has different adoption requirements. And one of these requirements can be age. Take a look at some age requirements:

  • China, for instance, requires prospective adoptive parents to be between the ages of 30 and 50 for a child without special needs. If you want to adopt a child with special needs, the age maximum is 55.
  • In India, you can't be older than 50, and you and your spouse can't have a combined age of more than 90.
  • Kenya's age limit for adoptive parents is 65.
  • Mexico's only age restrictions are that you must be older than 25 and you must be at least 17 years older than the child you're adopting. If you're adopting as a married couple, only one person has to meet these requirements.

Stage of Life

Take some time to examine the stage of life you're in. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Will you be able to physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially care for a child?
  • What stages of life will you want to attain in the next few years? Retirement?
  • How will adopting a child now affect the path you're traveling?
  • Are you willing to give up some stages in life in order to adopt a child?

Familial Support

You don't have to have familial support to adopt, but it can help ease the stress that comes along with adopting at a later age. Does your family or will your family support your choice to adopt at your current stage of life? If not, you can find support elsewhere, from community group meetings to online support groups.

There isn't a set universal age limit for adoption. It depends on the person and where you're adopting from. For some, forty is too old. For others, there is no limit. Instead of comparing yourself and your age to other adoptive parents, just keep your mind focused on the adoption process. If you feel you're at a good age to adopt, then do it!

If you're still unsure if you're too old to adopt, it might be helpful to speak to adoptive parents. Get the rundown on what to expect from the adoption process, filling out the paperwork, completing the home study, and life post-adoption. This will give you great insight into the adoption experience. If you can, find someone who adopted later in life and pick their brain.

Adopting can be a wonderful experience. If it's your dream and you feel ready, don't let your age hold you back. Parenthood can happen at any age, and adoption is one way that has made it possible.

Hoping to Adopt? Create Your Profile Today and get 30 Days FREE!

Sign up with Parent Profiles to create your adoption profile today and start connecting with expectant and placing parents. Your profile will be featured on many of the best known adoption websites. Mention you saw this ad or when completing your paperwork use code PPCN and we will give you 30 days free*.

*Contact for details.

The information and links displayed above relate to profile posting services provided on the web site, which is a service of Adoption Profiles, L.L.C., who sponsors this section and is solely responsible for its content.

Adopting Blogs from

The Mis-labeled Child

Who would have thought me a parent of an 11 year old with a style, attitude, mind, and personality all of her own very own. It’s amazing as I reflect on just how wonderfully unexpected it was for my husband and I to adopt an older... more

A New Sister

Our son was 3 and half when we started the process for adopting another baby. Before we even began talking... more

Adopting Community, News & Events

The Adoption Photolisting

Waiting Children
Olga (15 / F)
Brother and sister, Hugo and Olga go together like a horse and carriage! But it’s big sister Olga who often assumes the role of protector over her... [more]
Luz (14 / F)
Luz is a typical young teen who loves listening to music, going to high school football games, and hanging out with friends. Academically, Luz is an... [more]
Alexis (13 / F)
Alexis is a bi-racial African American/Caucasian young lady. Alexis has been described as “very pleasant”, but “slightly immature”. Alexis likes to... [more]
Aida (18 / F)
Aida is an intelligent teen who can be sweet and engaging. She enjoys sports and has done well in track and hopes to participate in swimming. She is... [more]

Adopting Tip of the Month

One of the many myths about open adoption is that the birth parents and the adoptive parents become easily confused at their parental rights. This is usually not the case because it should be discussed in great deal before any arrangements are made.

In Your Words

Share Your Thoughts with Us

Have something to share in the next issue of the emag? Please use the form below to tell us about your thoughts, comments, experiences, feedback, etc. Your submission may appear in an upcoming issue of the emag.

Your Name:
Your E-mail:
Your Comments:

Visitor Comments (1)
Adding your comments contributes to the adoption community. Please keep all comments on topic and civil. Visitors are invited to comment and vote for or flag comments based on appropriateness and helpfulness. All comments must adhere to our commenting rules and are subject to moderation.
Jake - 4 years ago
0 0 1
We adopted our son when he was 3 years old, after fostering him since he was 6 months old. the joys he brought to our life were many. After my wife and his mom past away, he moved in with me and what Blessing he is. #1

To see local Adoption resources, please select a location (U.S. only):

Need a Home Study?
Adoption Photolisting
Cayden (TX / 13 / M)
Cayden is a loving and affectionate child who thrives on attention. He loves mighty machines, like cement trucks, 18 wheelers, trains, and monster trucks. Cayden is diagnosed... [more]
Parent Profiles
Children have a certain confidence when healthy and cared for. My responsibility as a parent will be to love my child unconditionally, guide them through both good times and... [more]
Directory of Adoption Professionals
Find a professional
for all of your adoption needs including:

Note: Our authors are dedicated to honest, engaged, informed, intelligent, and open conversation about adoption. The opinions expressed here may not reflect the views of

Settings Help Feedback
Template Settings
Width: 1024     1280
Choose a Location:
Choose a Theme: