If you are a same-sex couple or LGBTQ person in Mississippi and you are considering adopting a child, you may wonder if you have to leave the state to do so. Once upon a time, that would have been the case. However, while Mississippi was the last state to legalize same-sex or LGBTQ adoption, it is now possible, as long as you meet certain conditions.
What conditions do I need to meet to adopt in Mississippi?
When adopting a child in Mississippi, you work with an adoption professional; each has rules as to whom they do and do not accept. However, they cannot refuse you because you are in a same-sex marriage or identify as LGBTQ. You also need to comply with Mississippi adoption laws.
Is there a minimum age I need to be?
Mississippi law does not state a minimum age you have to be to adopt unless you are adopting a child from foster care. In this case, you need to be over 21 years old, which is also the minimum age most adoption professionals set.
Can I adopt if I am a single LGBTQ person?
Mississippi law allows single people to adopt, but not all adoption professionals will accept unmarried people. The fact you are LGBT does not matter.
What if I have a criminal record?
If you have been in trouble with the law, the law does not prohibit you from adopting, but it will be one of the many factors taken into consideration when deciding if you are approved.
I suffer from health issues, will this count against me?
Your health will be taken into account, not just your physical health, but your mental and emotional health.
If you want to adopt a child, it is a complicated matter, not just emotionally and practically, but legally. Knowing you have an experienced adoption attorney to take care of the legal side of things, can leave you free to concentrate on the rest.