Requirements vary from state to state but most adults can qualify to adopt. You do not need to own your own home, have children already, or be wealthy, young, married, or a stay-at-home parent. Many parents have adopted who have health problems or disabilities that don't interfere with their ability to care for children. The following characteristics are necessary to be a good adoptive parent: stability, maturity, dependability, flexibility, and an ability to advocate for children while working as a team player with your social worker and community services. And it really helps to have a sense of humor too!
To be eligible to adopt one of Florida's children, you may be married or single, already a parent or never a parent, in your 60's or in your 20's, an apartment renter or a homeowner, a person of modest means, or wealthy. The fact is that there is no one description of people who can be prospective adoptive parents. If you have the ability to love a child, to provide the basics for the child and to make a lifelong commitment, you can be an adoptive parent. A few things will prevent you from becoming an adoptive parent, such as certain felony criminal records.