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Mental illness and adoption?

I feel that I am meant to adopt. I’m 34 and married with a masters degree… but I have bipolar disorder. I’m totally stable and could easily have my doctor write that down. I’m active in the community. I am a teacher. I know I can’t adopt from China, for example, but I don’t really know how to research this. Who do I contact first? I live in San Diego, California. Any advice would be so appreciated. Thank you!


It really shouldn’t be a problem for you. To confirm, you just may want to check with some local home study providers and see what documentation they would want in order to approve you.


Posted by TheAdoptionConsultancy on Jan 09, 2018 at 3:21pm

Each international country makes its own rules. I am sure a domestic agency would have requirements but you seem to meet them.

Other countries may have other rules.

Posted by Regina on Jan 10, 2018 at 6:50pm

There is a classic article from Adoptive Families on this specific topic.
I am not familiar with the international standards but I know that having a bipolar diagnosis should not limit you with domestic adoption.  That is, if you are under a doctor’s care.  For the adoption home study, you will need a medical clearance form.  All of that will be addressed then. 
I personally know of other people with mental illness, even some who are bipolar, that adopted newborns domestically.  It wasn’t a problem.
I wish you the best of luck!

Posted by Danielle Pennel on Jan 12, 2018 at 6:06pm

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