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My husband is on disability but I work full time and am perfectly healthy. Do you know if we are eligible to adopt? I hope so because infertility treatments were rough amd we have our hearts set on adoption. Thanks in advance…


I would think it would depend on the financial issues, the type of disability and who you want to adopt.

In infant adoptions birth parents might like a stay at home parent (your husband) if he is capable of taking care of the child.

Do you have the money for adoption and raising a child?

Do you want to go overseas? Each country has rules about who they will accept. I know one mom who had MS, worked etc and was turned down from Russia (years ago things change)

Foster care adoption would also depend on child. I know a single mom who is paralyzed, uses a wheel chair and adopted a girl. Another couple I know who are deaf adopted a hearing child

So it depends on the nature of the disability, the financial situation and who and how you wish to adopt.

I would start calling agencies to talk to them and check things out. best of luck on your journey.

Posted by Regina on Feb 03, 2018 at 4:30pm

Yes, I make a good salary. We have looked at adopting from Latvia or Ukraine but I don’t know what their rules are regarding disability. Thank you for your help! I appreciate your candor. ❤️

Posted by Jgordon on Feb 03, 2018 at 4:49pm

There are some countries that prohibit it. For example Russia used to nix adoptions where a parent had ever had epilepsy, even if last present in childhood and controlled medically since.  I believe those you noted are fine (best way to know for sure is ask agencies that regularly handle adoptions in the countries you are considering). You can look on rainbow for agency and country listings. Also I believe Colombia, and Bulgaria are likely to be fine as well. Sometimes if you adopt a child with a disability it can actually be considered a plus to have parents familiar with that disability, though I don’t know whether that is a choice you’ve considered.  Good luck to you.

Posted by Happy Camper on Feb 12, 2018 at 1:03am

You don’t have to rule out private domestic adoption.  The first step would be to speak to a home study provider or adoption specialist.  A home study is required for every adoption, whether it is an international or a domestic adoption. This study is a basic overview of your life - including criminal background checks, your finances and even your personal relationships. It is used by the courts to assess if a stable environment exists for a family to receive an adoptive placement.  You can find a home study provider by state or contact an adoption professional.  An adoption professional doesn’t have to be an agency or adoption facilitator, you will need an adoption attorney regardless of which type of adoption you choose to pursue, agency adoption, facilitatior adoption, or independent adoption.

Posted by Adoption Hopes on Mar 01, 2018 at 11:20pm

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