One of the myths concerning the adoption process is that only a married couple can adopt. According to North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services, however, a single unmarried adult over 18 can adopt a child.
One of the myths concerning the adoption process is that only a married couple can adopt. According to North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services, however, a single unmarried adult over 18 can adopt a child. To become a foster parent in North Carolina, an individual must first reach 21 years of age.
Potential single parents who can provide a comfortable and loving residence may adopt, regardless of whether they own or rent their home. If an individual already has children, a home should have enough space to accommodate another family member.
The Tar Heel State does not impose income requirements; an individual, however, must have the financial means to afford raising a child on his or her income. Disclosing paycheck stubs and tax returns generally provides verification of affordability.
Legally adopting a child means that the court awards an individual permanent custody and parental rights. Foster care is a temporary situation where an individual cares for and nurtures a child while under the guidance of a state agency. The child’s biological parents, however, have the authority to make certain decisions, such as those regarding education and health care.
It is not uncommon for a strong relationship to develop between a child and his or her foster parent. If the state determines that a child’s biological parents can no longer provide care, a foster parent may apply to legally adopt.
A resident of Charlotte, for example, took classes and received a license to become a single foster dad. As reported by FOX 46 Charlotte, after spending time fostering and bonding with an abandoned teenage boy, he received the court’s approval to adopt him.
Now that you know more about the costs of adoption, you can plan an adoption budget. Explore your options for paying for and reducing adoption costs.
Review these key considerations when preparing to adopt a child who has special educational, medical or developmental needs.