If you are thinking about adopting a child, then you are considering making a huge difference in a child's life. There are many children across Louisiana who are without permanent homes, and the decision to bring one of them into your family means giving them the forever home they deserve. But the process is regulated to ensure child safety and adoptive parents' ability to provide care for the child.
So how do you qualify to be an adoptive parent? First, though it's not required, it should be noted that Louisiana recognizes a dual certification to be both a foster parent and an adoptive parent. Why is this important? Certified foster parents may be eligible for certain benefits that non-certified individuals aren't afforded. Regardless, to qualify to adopt a child you must be 21 or older, have a sufficient income, and be in good overall health. Your marital status is inconsequential when adopting.