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What does an adoptive parent look like?

Adoptive parents look no different than anyone else you see every day in Florida. They come from all races and every corner of the world. They might be doctors, teachers or construction workers. Perhaps they live on a ranch. Perhaps they live in a bustling city. While every state does have certain requirements of adoptive parents, such as a steady income and stable home, there are no certain characteristics that you must have to be considered a good match for adopting a child. So what do adoptive parents look like?

According to Adoption.org, there are quite a few characteristics that those who adopt share, including age. The majority of adopting parents are older than 30. Among the mothers, 81 percent are between 35 and 44 years old; 50 percent of the total mothers are between 40 and 44.

Men who adopt outnumber women by a 2-to-1 margin. However, divorce and custody issues may be at play in this distinction. Some are men who have children already and some are gay couples. It is interesting to note that men, on average, are younger than women who adopt, with one-fourth of them between the ages of 30 and 34.

Women who are unsuccessful at conceiving a baby despite medical help may consider adoption. After struggling for years to conceive, many women will seek fertility treatments and procedures from a doctor. Those who are still unsuccessful are 10 times as likely to try adoption.

Christians outpace other adults in adoption in the U.S. by a 2-to-1 margin. Some five percent have adopted, double the percentage of all adults in general. Caucasians, or non-Hispanic white adults, account for 73 percent of all adoptive parents.

If you are considering adoption, there is no need to worry about fitting into one of these groups. These numbers represent the people who are currently adopting, not the people who are eligible to adopt.

This article contains general information about adoptive parents and should in no way be construed as legal advice.

 

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