How Old Do I Have Be To Adopt A Newborn?

How Old Do I Have Be To Adopt A Newborn?

Coincidentally, this morning, we, at Adoption Attorneys Kirsh & Kirsh, P.C. (“Kirsh & Kirsh”) received separate inquiries from our website,, from 18- and 19-year-olds, interested in adopting newborns and wanted to know if they were old enough to adopt. Indiana adoption statutes do not specify a minimum age to adopt. However, as adoption attorneys, we are not required to accept as clients everyone who contacts us. We have always subscribed to the principle that we would not represent prospective adoptive parents, whom we would not feel comfortable adopting our own children. Additionally, we know from our combined experience of 90 years practicing adoption law in Indiana that women thinking about giving their babies up for adoption or more correctly making an adoption plan for their children, will not choose an individual or couple to adopt, if the birth mother or expectant mother is not confident in the individual’s or couple’s ability to provide their babies with a stable, loving home, and bright future. Successfully parenting requires parents to have many attributes, including love, time, commitment, knowledge, skill, patience, understanding, and life experiences. LOVE ALONE IS NOT ENOUGH. If it were, a pregnant woman would never place her baby up for adoption. We KNOW that expectant mothers and birth mothers have all the LOVE IN THE WORLD for their babies. In fact, love for their babies is the primary motivator for a birth parent to proceed with adoption because they have determined that they lack the other attributes to successfully parent their soon-to-be-born babies. In fact, most of the birth mothers whom we assist in finding adoptive homes for the babies are older than late teens themselves. Local adoption agencies, national adoption agencies, and other adoption attorneys may have other requirements to adopt, but at Kirsh & Kirsh, we want our adoptive parent clients to have completed their educations, gotten themselves established in their careers, and if a married couple, have marital stability.

Our contact information is below.  We will answer your questions and provide you the information you seek, without cost or obligation on your part. In other words, talking to us is FREE and does NOT mean you ever have to talk or text with us, again. Our adoption attorneys have 90 YEARS OF COMBINED EXPERIENCE practicing adoption law. We can help you find an AMAZING, WONDERFUL, adoptive home for your precious baby, whether you live in Kokomo or Indianapolis, Columbus or North Vernon, Evansville or Jasper, or Decatur or Ft. Wayne, or any Indiana county or city in between, or ANYWHERE in Tennessee, Mississippi, or Kentucky.

We have lots of wonderful, carefully screened, loving families, FROM INDIANA AND ALL OVER THE COUNTRY(married, single, Lesbian, and Gay) who cannot wait to welcome a baby into their hearts and homes and are happy to assist with living expenses to the full extent allowed by law.

You can call, text, and or email us anytime —call: 317-575-5555, text: 317-721-2030, email:, or Facebook message: We answer our office phone 24 hours a day, every single day. We try to respond to emails and text messages within minutes of receipt.

POSITIVE ADOPTION LANGUAGE DISCLAIMER:  Please understand that these blog posts are written in a way to use language that people use when searching for help with their adoption plans.  Unfortunately, while all of us understand what positive adoption language means, most expectant moms that come to us at first do not understand what that means. The most common search term on the Internet for expectant moms is “how do I give up my baby for adoption”.  If we do not include those words in our blog posts, and instead put “how do I create an adoption plan for my baby” then our website will not show up in most expectant mom’s search results in Google.

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