What are the requirements or restrictions for adoption? For example, how could my/our age, mental heath history, or criminal background impact our ability to adopt?
This will depend on the route you take
For domestic adoption, some agencies have age limits (upper and lower), and some require you to be married a certain amount of time (if you are married) in order to adopt.As far as mental health history, as long as you can show you have been successfully treated and/or your condition is under control, this should not be an impedimentCriminal background can be trickierBest bet is to contact who you want to work with, and ask them about their restrictions and any issues that could come up. That way everyone will know ahead of time so there are no surprises
For international adoption, there are often more stringent age and marriage limits. Once you choose a country, talk to the agency you want to work with to see what those limits are. Due to cultural norms, physical and mental health issues (even if treated) can prevent you from adopting. Again, this is something to discuss upfront so there are no surprises.
15 treatment cycles: four early m/c
Moving forward with domestic infant adoption!
Home study approved 5/13, now just waiting...