who can adoptWho can adopt in Arkansas? It’s a simple question, but the answer may be more complicated than you expect.

Arkansas does not have age requirements for adoptive parents. Unmarried people as well as married couples can adopt children. Marriage and divorce status may be taken into account by the judge in a case, but there are no hard and fast rules.

One Arkansas adoption regulation that might surprise you applies only to people who have lived in Arkansas for less than six years. Newcomers to the state must have a criminal background check, and you — the adoptive parent — will be responsible for paying for this process.

Arkansas law does not require that you live in Arkansas in order to adopt in Arkansas.

Everyone who wants to adopt in Arkansas must go through a home study evaluation. This is a careful check of your home, your finances, your background, and every element of your life that can help show that you are able to take good care of a child. Sometimes this process can feel intrusive, but it is important to make sure that the best interests of the child are considered.

The process of adoption can be thrilling, stressful, confusing, complicated, and fun. At Heimer Law, we specialize in adoptions, so we have the experience and the expertise to make your adoption experience as smooth and successful as possible. We provide expert legal services and essential emotional support for all our clients.

Contact us now to learn more. We answer the phone 24/7, and we are always happy to help.