Successful, loving parents come from many walks of life. The ability and desire to love a child and the means to provide a clean, safe, and stable environment are essential.

Marital Status

  • Married couples need to have been married for at least a year in a marriage legally recognized in the state of Utah.
  • Single parents must not be in a cohabiting relationship.
  • Step parents must be married to the custodial parent of the child in a marriage legally recognized in the state of Utah.


  • You must be above the federal poverty line for desired family size after completing your adoption.
  • Your financial stability will be assessed individually


  • You must be a legal adult.
  • You must be at least ten years older than your adoptive child.

Physical Health

  • You must be medically able to handle the day-to-day rigors of childcare.
  • You must have a sufficient life expectancy to raise a child.

Mental Health

  • You must have stable mental health.
  • Addictions will be assessed.

Background Screening

  • You must be able to pass a Utah criminal history screening.
  • You must be able to pass a DCFS child abuse background screening.
  • You must be able to pass an FBI criminal history screening.


  • You must be providing for the needs of any children currently in your home.
  • You must be honoring any obligations to children from previous relationships.


  • You may rent or own.
  • You must have a clean and safe environment for a child.

International adoptions have their own additional requirements, based on the country you are adopting from.

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