There are many reasons that couples decide to pursue adoption in their 40s and later. They may have been putting off having children until their financial security became more established, or they might be hoping to create a family after remarriage.
If this sounds like you, you might be wondering, “How old can you be and still adopt?” Read on to learn about domestic infant adoption options for older parents at Lifetime!
It used to be that the maximum age for adoptive parents followed this 40-year rule: you could be no more than 40 years older than the child you were hoping to adopt.
Today, this rule is not hard and fast. In fact, Lifetime has many birth mothers looking for older, more mature couples. When it comes to finding adoptive parents for her child, the thing that matters most to birth mothers is the ability to provide a loving, nurturing, and safe home.
If you’re an older couple hoping to adopt, you might have noticed that many adoption agencies have age restrictions and “cut-offs” for their clients. In order to adopt through Lifetime, you need to be at least 21 years of age. However, we don’t have a maximum age cut-off that restricts you from adopting after a certain age. What’s important is to show birth mothers that you’re active, in good health, and excited to become parents. It’s not all about the age of the adoptive parent, but what they have to offer to a child as to why they’d be chosen by a birth mother.
At Lifetime, we’ve helped couples in their forties and well into their fifties adopt a baby successfully. We’ve found that many times, older adoptive couples have lots to offer: they’re financially stable, emotionally secure, and have stable marriages and careers. With more and more people holding off on starting a family until their forties, what you look like isn’t important. The love and commitment you give to a child are what’s important!
Discover how Lifetime can make your dreams of adopting a baby come true!
Begin your journey with Lifetime Adoption by filling out our free online application.
Founder of Lifetime Adoption, adoptive mom, adoption expert, and Certified Open Adoption Practitioner (C.O.A.P).
Since 1986, adoption expert Mardie Caldwell has been dedicated to bringing couples and birth parents together in order to fulfill their dreams.
“Many years ago, I was also searching for a child to adopt. We didn’t know where or how to get started. Through research, determination, and a prayer, our dream of a family became reality. I started with a plan, a notebook, assistance from a caring adoption consultant and a lot of hard work; this was my family I was building. We had a few heartaches along the way, but the pain of not having children was worse!
Within weeks we had three different birth mothers choose us. We were overwhelmed and delighted. Many unsettling events would take place before our adoption would be finalized, many months later. Little did I know that God was training and aligning me for the adoption work I now do today. It is my goal to share with our families the methods and plans which succeed and do not succeed. I believe adoption should be affordable and can be a wonderful “pregnancy” for the adoptive couple.
I have also been on both sides of infertility with the loss of seven pregnancies and then conceiving by new technology, giving birth to a healthy daughter. I have experienced first-hand the emotional pain of infertility and believe my experience allows me to serve your needs better.
It is my hope that for you, the prospective parents, your desire for a child will be fulfilled soon.”