What Are Some Child Adoption Laws in Delaware?


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Any minor or adult can be adopted by an adult over the age of 21 in the state of Delaware, says Find Law. Consent is needed before any individual over the age of 14 can be adopted.

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The state of Delaware's consent for individuals over 14 rule is waived if the court deems the adoption is in the best interest of the child, explains Find Law. Any unmarried person, divorced or legally separated person who are living together can adopt in the state of Delaware. If the individuals are unmarried, then only one person may apply for adoption. The person must be over the age of 21 and a legal resident of Delaware. The statute of limitations to challenge an adoption in Delaware is six months.

Many adopting parents and birth parents who are concerned about the child's ability to find the parents after the adoption can consider a closed adoption in the state of Delaware. For medical reasons some records may need to be maintained to help track the family for organ compatibility or to track genetic disorders, explains Find Law. The Department of Services for Children, Youth and Family is the agency that handles the adoption process in the state of Delaware.

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