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Potential parents considering adoption later in life

At one time in history, adopting a child was a very regulated process. In most cases, in order to be considered for adoption, one had to have a spouse, had to be the same race as the child, had to have a certain income, and it all needed to be done before a certain age. That is no longer the case. Now, there are more and more single, mixed-race, middle-class potential adoptive parents than ever before in Florida and other states. And many of them are much older than expected.

Part of the reason for this may be the fact that women are now more likely to pursue careers before having children. A woman may wake up one day and realize that while she was busy chasing her chosen occupation, she put off her dreams of a family for a bit too long. In many of these cases, the woman may choose adoption.

Of course, there are many other reasons why a person may wait until later in life to decide to adopt. People are marrying later in life as both men and women pursue careers. Others may marry young but decide to wait until they are financially stable before trying to have a child. No matter the reason, more and more people are making the choice to adopt in their 40s, when the average age of adoptive parents five years ago was in the mid-30s. 

Regardless of what stage in life a potential parent may be, there are a lot of children in Florida and other states who are waiting for adoption. A family law attorney can help those who wish to become a parent by guiding them through the process and making sure that the entire adoption is conducted properly. While society once may have had its own ideas of who is more acceptable to be an adoptive parent based on age, children just want a home where they will be loved.

Source:, "Women Adopting Children Increase Later In Life Causes", Maria Del Russo, Aug. 16, 2017