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Find Young Couples Wanting to Adopt, Older Couples Looking to Adopt

If you’re curious about adoption age requirements because you’re looking for young couples wanting to adopt or older couples looking to adopt your baby, you’ve come to the right place.

You get to choose the adoptive parents you feel are perfect for your baby. You can search for adoptive parents based on characteristics like their race, location, religion, and more. For some prospective birth parents, the age of the adoptive parents is another important factor to consider.

Adoptive parents must meet the requirements of their chosen adoption agency (which often includes age requirements), but couples from young to old may feel called to adopt a child. There is certainly no shortage of waiting adoptive families — young, old and every age in between.

You’ll need to ask yourself a few questions:

In this article, we’ll help you search for hopeful adoptive parents of every age and discuss a bit about the ages of prospective parents. You can also get more free information and personalized support by contacting us today.


In some states, there are adoption laws that establish a minimum required age for hopeful adoptive parents. State-mandated age requirements vary from one state to the next — some set the minimum age to adopt at 18, while others set it at 21, 25 or don’t have age requirements for adoptive parents at all.

In addition to any relevant state requirements, hopeful adoptive parents must meet the requirements of their chosen adoption professional. Like state requirements, these additional requirements will vary somewhat from one professional to the next. Although many states don’t have age requirements for adoptive parents, most professionals do. Some may work with more young couples adopting, while others more frequently work with older couples.

Working with a national adoption agency could help you find families of any age to adopt your baby. National agencies work with a variety of families from diverse backgrounds from all over the country. With so many choices, you’ll be more likely to find the perfect adoptive parents who have the exact characteristics you’re looking for.

The general age range that adoption professionals require is usually about 25 to 55. So, most of the adoptive parents you’ll see through an agency are within that age range.


Before being approved to adopt, hopeful adoptive parents are assessed on their physical, mental, emotional, financial and practical readiness to welcome a child. It’s important that the adoptive parents be at an age where they can provide for their child throughout the years. Thorough screening processes ensure that any adoptive families you are considering will be able to provide for your child. This extensive screening also makes sure that the hopeful adoptive family has been deemed healthy enough to adopt and parent your child for years to come.


You probably have some type of image in your head when you try to picture your child growing up with his or her parents. How old are your child’s parents in this mental image? No matter what ages you prefer, there are families who are eagerly waiting for a child.

Sara had already raised two sons to adulthood when she learned of her unplanned pregnancy at the age of 41. She was scared of starting over with a newborn baby at her age, so she chose adoption. While age wasn’t the only factor in her choice of adoptive parents, she wanted to find a family who would have the energy to keep up with her son as he grew up.

“I was looking for, obviously, a younger couple than I was,” Sara said. “I was looking for somebody with good education, good jobs, and stability. I wanted, more than anything, for him to have a mom and a dad.”

To watch Sara and other brave birth parents describe the moment they knew they’d found the right family for their baby, click here.

Keep in mind that every adoptive family is different. Just because a couple is younger, that doesn’t necessarily mean they have more energy or less stability than an older couple (and vice versa). But, as you think about what you’re looking for in adoptive parents for your own baby, here are some of the general pros, cons and considerations for each age range:

Younger Couples Looking to Adopt

Thinking about placing your child with a young couple looking to adopt? Adoption professionals, again, often set the minimum age to adopt anywhere from 18 to 25, depending on the state, the type of adoption and the adoption professional. There are many young couples in their 20s and 30s who are longing for the opportunity to become parents.

Potential Pros:

  • Younger couples looking to adopt may be most able to physically “keep up” with the energy of a young, growing child.
  • Your child’s parents may have more remaining years to share with your child.

Potential Cons:

  • Younger couples looking to adopt may have less experience with children.
  • A younger couple looking to adopt may have spent less time together than an older couple, so they may not have the relationship strength that comes with time and experience.

Middle-Aged Couples Looking to Adopt

They’re neither on the “young” side of the adoption age requirements, nor the “older” side. For many expectant parents considering placing their child for adoption, parents in this age range can represent the best of both worlds.

Potential Pros:

  • Middle-aged couples may have more experience with children and in their relationship than younger couples, but more playful energy than an older couple.
  • There are a greater number of adoptive parents that fall into the category between “younger” and “older.”

Potential Cons:

  • Middle-aged couples are often in the midst of their career, and currently focused on climbing in their profession.
  • They may be closer to “younger” or “older” than you’re comfortable with, depending on the individual couple.

Older Couples Looking to Adopt

Many expectant parents are excited at the idea of helping an older couple looking to adopt experience parenthood, sometimes for the first time. These families may offer more life experience and may be solely focused on raising a child at this point in their lives.

Potential Pros:

  • Many older couples looking to adopt have established stable careers which may allow them to provide your child with more quality time and financial opportunities.
  • If they have been together for a long time, their relationship has withstood the test of time and experience, and has grown stronger over the years.

Potential Cons:

  • They may have fewer years left to spend with your child.
  • They may be more likely to start developing age-related health concerns (though all adoptive parents are screened to ensure they are healthy enough to raise a baby prior to the adoption process).


When you work with an adoption agency to find a family, you can feel certain that all adoptive parents have been already approved as healthy and financially stable enough to adopt a child. So, regardless of age, adoptive parents have already been verified as safe and prepared, whether they are a young couple adopting or an older couple who wants to adopt.

There’s one more important point that we haven’t touched on yet: A person’s age has no real effect on their ability to be a good, loving parent to your child.

Always remember to consider more about a potential adoptive parent than his or her age. While their age may be an important factor for you, you should also consider a potential parents’:

  • Religious and spiritual beliefs
  • The values they’ll teach your child
  • Their personality, interests and hobbies
  • Racial and cultural heritage
  • Location
  • And more

Every pregnant woman will look for something different when choosing a family for her child. Reach out to an adoption professional now to start viewing adoption profiles. They’ll help connect you with the family you’ve been dreaming of for your baby.