When Is it Too Late to Choose Adoption?


Choosing to make an adoption plan for your child can be a difficult decision and you might not be prepared to make that decision right at birth. If you’re seeking to adopt, you may also wonder at what age is “too late” to adopt a child. 

Making an Adoption Plan for Your Child

It is never too late to make an adoption plan for your child. If you realize that you aren’t able to parent your child or are experiencing other circumstances, it is recommended that you first reach out to social workers or an adoption agency to discover what choices you may have. For some, they may be considering an adoption plan because of finances or lack of resources. Again, before you create an adoption plan, know that there are services that both social workers and other agencies may be able to connect you with. 

Though it may be difficult to place an older child for adoption, adoption agencies can assist you as there are waiting families who can make a last minute adoption plan. These individuals often have home studies completed and are waiting to find a child to adopt. 

Seeking to Adopt

If you are planning to build your family through adoption, it is important that you understand the age restrictions for this process. If you’re an older adult seeking to adopt, know that many adoption agencies won’t work with those who are 50 or over. This doesn’t mean that you wouldn’t be able to adopt a family member in an emergency, etc. but you are unlikely to be considered for an infant adoption. If you want to know more about this, make sure to reach out to adoption agencies in your area and check with state laws. On the other end, you have to be at least 21 years old to adopt. 

Ultimately, if you are seeking to make an adoption plan for your child, there is never a point where it is too late. However, in some instances, it might be even more difficult to cope for both a child and a birth parent if this decision is made later in life. And though it is noted that placing older children for adoption can pose a challenge, there are people out there who are up for that challenge. 

If you have questions about making an adoption plan for or adopting an older child, reach out to Adoption Choice, Inc.