Who can Adopt in California?
Any adult living in California may file a petition to adopt a child who is at least ten years younger than the petitioner. Married couples are most likely to apply to become adoptive parents, although single and divorced individuals are not prohibited from adopting in California. The following persons generally may adopt:
- A husband and wife or two domestic partners, jointly.
- The unmarried minor birth parent of the person being adopted.
- An unmarried adult along with the birth parent of the person being adopted.
- An unmarried adult, individually.
- An adult who is married or has a domestic partner with the consent of their spouse or domestic partner.
- In California adoptions, the person adopting must be a California resident.