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Old 01-22-2017, 11:05 AM
 
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Say a couple both have good jobs, good house, good credit, financially stable, etc. One of them has a felony from years back for retail theft.

Are they allowed to adopt?
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Old 01-22-2017, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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As part of the adoption process for my kids, I had to submit fingerprints to both the FBI and the Maryland State Police. I don't have a criminal record, so it was a non-issue for me. I'm not sure if having a record would automatically have disqualified me or not. I looked back on the copies of the home study documents, but I couldn't find anything about it.


I would suggest that, if this couple wanted to pursue adoption, they would ask this very question when they first meet with an agency. They should be very upfront about this and everything else, because their background will be brought to light, one way or another. And I do know that intentionally lying on the adoption forms is grounds for terminating the process.
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Old 01-23-2017, 07:33 AM
 
Location: East TX
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What we were told is that any criminal history is reviewed for how it likely affects the ability to raise children in a safe and nurturing environment. Both the nature of the crime and the timeframe since the crime can be evaluated for whether it is a disqualifier. I don't think there is a universal standard for a felony versus misdemeanor being a show stopper. You will need to discuss with the agency or case worker for local policy/practice.
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Old 01-23-2017, 06:13 PM
 
Location: Kansas
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Say a couple both have good jobs, good house, good credit, financially stable, etc. One of them has a felony from years back for retail theft.

Are they allowed to adopt?
Know that the requirements have much more to do with the ability to parent than the financials, good this and good that financially.

I don't think it would an automatic disqualifier if one has a felony, but as others have said, be honest when completing your paperwork and interviews. Going through the adoption process is no walk in the park.
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