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What do I need to know about adoption in Kentucky?

If you want to share your loving home with a child in need, adoption can be a great option. However, adopting a child in Kentucky entails quite a few requirements that you must know to be sure the process is successful. Failure to do so may result in a refusal of your adoption request, which can cause quite a bit of heartache for all involved.

According to Adopt US Kids, costs for adoption can vary depending on the agency you choose to work with. Some agencies will conduct the approval process free of charge, while others charge a fee, which covers things like training, and review.  It is important to know that there is a 30-hour training program that all adults in your home will need to complete.

Your home will be surveyed to ensure it offers a safe and healthy environment to a new child. Surveys cover things like a home’s current physical condition and the amount of room available, which ensures that your living space is suited to new inhabitants. Additionally, you must show that you are healthy in both mind and body, which is accomplished by a physical and mental health assessment performed by a doctor. You may be charged for the physical examination. While marital status is not important, applicants must be at least 21 years of age.

Income is also reviewed when you are undergoing the adoption process. Providing for your new child is important, so having a sound financial standing is an essential requirement. Depending on what type of requirements you have when it comes to a prospective child, the total process can last up to nine months. 

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