|Age of Applicant|
30 to 55, for Single female:
30 to 50. No more than 45 years between the parent and the child.
|25 to 44. Age waiver to 49 for applicants that meet at least one of the following: one adoptive parent is of Korean Heritage; a Korean adoptee, or previously adopted from Korea.||25 to 40||25 – 49 years old; 49 year and older applicants must be open to a child over 3 years old|
2 years, if previous divorce, 5 years, limit of two divorces.
Single female living with a male partner, must meet the requirements of a married couple.
|3 years, no more than one divorce per spouse.||3 years, not more than two divorces.||Legally married heterosexual couples and single women; for couples there is a preference for no more than 12 years age difference between spouses|
|Age at placement||15 months and older||18 to 30 months||3 years and older||5 months and older|
|Gender Preference||Permitted, but boys are easier to match than girls.||No Preference, more boys than girls. Possibly for Korean heritage, but a much longer process.||Permitted, more boys than girls. Length of time will be longer if requesting a girl.||Both boys and girls; shorter wait times for families open to boys|
No more than 5 children with the youngest at least 3 years old.
Single female, no more than 2 children, youngest at least 6 years old.
|No more than 4 children||Documented infertility, no biological children.||Sunni Muslim(s). Preference for childless couples.|
|Income||Net worth of $80,000, minimum income of $30,000, or $10,000 per person living in the home. Single female, net worth of $100,000, minimum income of $20,000, or $10,000 per person living in the home.||Combined income of $35,000 with financial security.||Financial security||Must be employed; financial security|
|Health||Should not have significant medical conditions, chronic or infections illness. Some conditions controlled with medication are acceptable.||Excellent health without major medical concerns, Body Mass Index (BMI) under 30%.||Excellent health without major medical concerns.||Excellent health without major medical concerns|
|Mental Health||Considered on a case-by-case basis. Must be at lease two years from treatment of use of psychotropic medication.||Considered on a case-by-case basis. Severe and some moderate conditions would not be accepted.||Considered on a case-by-case basis. Severe conditions would not be accepted.||Considered on a case-by-case basis; no severe conditions|
|Education||High School diploma or equivalent education.||High School diploma||None stated.||High school diploma or equivalent education|
|Prior Arrest||Would consider minor offenses older than 10 years, no drug offenses.||Would consider minor offenses older than 5 years, no drug offenses.||Would consider minor offenses older than 5 years.||Minor offense older than five years considered on a case-by-case basis; no drug offenses|
|Length of Time||12 to 15 months||17 to 24 months or longer||24 to 36 months||11 to 15 months|
|Placements||In all states.||In all states.||In all states.||In all states.|
|Waivers||When adopting a waiting child, some requirements may be waived.||Other than age restrictions for limited groups of applicants, (see above) waivers would be only for a special circumstance.||Age restriction in limited situations or when adopting an older child. Possibly permit a biological child if there were secondary infertility.||–|