Who? – Married couples and individuals with the ability to accept and love a child, other than a biological child, as their own, can opt for adoption.
In the case of couples, they should complete at least 2 years of being in a stable marital relationship before registering for adoption. Adoptions are not considered in the case of live-in relationships.
In the case of individuals, a single male cannot adopt a girl child.
Consent – In the case of married couples, both spouses should be in favour of the adoption.
Health – The prospective parents should be of sound mind, with no major illness that can hamper their parenting abilities.
Age Factor – In the case of a child below 4 years of age, the composite age of the couple should not exceed 90 years and an individual’s age should not be more than 45 years.
For children between 4 and 8 years of age, the composite age of the couple should not exceed 100 years and an individual’s age should not be more than 50 years.
However, in the case of children between 8 and 18 years of age, or children with special needs, the mentioned composite age limit may be relaxed to 110 years for couples and limited to a maximum age of 55 years for individuals.
In addition, the age gap between child and parent should not be less than 25 years.
The age criteria may be relaxed for within the family adoptions and step-parent adoptions.
Financial Standing – The couple should be financially stable, with a reasonable, regular income. Assets, investments and liabilities are also taken into consideration.
Clear Record – Both prospective adoptive parents should have no criminal record.
Exceptions – Kindly note that couples who already have 3 or more children will not be considered for adoption unless they are looking at a child with special needs or one that has been difficult to place. The exception also includes within the family adoptions and step-parent adoptions.
Support System – The family should be supportive of the adoption, especially in the case of single parent adoptions.