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What are the financial requirements for adoption in Michigan?

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The only financial requirements for adoption in Michigan is that the adopting parent or parents have a steady source of income that can meet the needs of the family. Adoptive parents do not need to be rich; even parents that receive financial assistance can be considered for placement of a child.

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Applicants who wish to adopt a child must be at least 18 years of age or older, have time to provide care for the child, have a specific source of income adequate for caring for the child and be in good emotional, physical and mental health.

A home study is conducted to ensure that the home is a safe and loving environment for the child, and any spouse or live-in partner must participate in the study and attend any training sessions required by the state.

Some private agencies require a fee to conduct the home assessment, but after the adoption process is complete, the state of Michigan states the family must be reimbursed that fee. If the child is a subsidy within the foster care agency, the adoptive parents may be eligible to receive adoption-related costs. Upfront fees that the adoptive parent or parents may incur include birth certificate fees and court filing fees.

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