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Can same-sex couples adopt in California?

While adoption can be full of challenges, it can also be a rewarding and eye-opening experience. And thanks to the ceaseless calls to advance the human rights of the members of the LGBTQ+ community, same-sex couples in California can now adopt, too.

If you are thinking of adding a new member to your family through adoption, you may be concerned about the laws and regulations involved in the process. Here’s what you need to know.

Same-sex family law in California

As of 2004, it is legal for domestic partners to adopt each other’s children through the same procedures for a stepparent adoption. Under state law, same-sex couples can adopt, and they can also adopt their partner’s child. Moreover, single members of the LGBT community can adopt a child on their own.

Additionally, the adoption process for same-sex couples is the same for traditional couples. They are also required to meet the same set of requirements before they can be adopted.

For example, while there is no age limit for adoptive parents, you should be at least ten years older than the child you wish to take in. You also do not have to be married to be eligible for the adoption process. If you are married, then the marriage must be at least two years old for you to be qualified.

Adoption in California

If you have decided to adopt, you can contact your local public adoption agency or speak with a California Department of Social Services (CDSS) representative who can walk you through the process.

After you submit the required documents, the agency will assign you a caseworker and assess your criminal, medical, employment, and marital history. The department aims to gauge your ability to provide and maintain a safe and stable home through the evaluation.

It is essential to cooperate with your caseworker during this procedure. Demonstrating transparency can help the agency determine if you and your partner are suitable parents for the child you wish to adopt.



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