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- Adoptive parents may be married or single, childless, or already parenting other children.
- Having a disability does not automatically disqualify someone from adopting a child; rather, agencies want to ensure that a prospective adoptive parent can care for a child and meet the child's needs throughout their childhood and into adulthood.
- Divorce or a history of marital or personal counseling does not automatically eliminate individuals as candidates.
- People are not required to own their own homes or to have high incomes in order to give children what they need - permanence, stability, a lifetime commitment, and a chance to be part of a family.
- Children do not need "perfect" parents. They need one or more caring and committed individuals who are willing to meet their needs and to incorporate them into a nurturing family environment.
- Agencies placing children for adoption will discuss their specific eligibility regulations and placement options with prospective parents.