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California Adoption Laws, pg 4

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Parties to Adoption

Who May Adopt
Citation: Family Code §§ 8600; 8601

A child may be adopted by an adult who is at least 10 years older than the child. An exception to this requirement may be made if the adoptive parent is a stepparent, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, or first cousin of the child and, if that person is married, is adopting jointly with his or her spouse.

Who May Be Adopted
Citation: Family Code § 8600

An unmarried minor may be adopted by an adult.

Who May Place a Child for Adoption
Citation: Family Code §§ 8801.5; 8704

The child may be placed by any of the following:
  • The child's birth parent in an independent adoption
  • A licensed adoption agency or the department that has custody of the child

Credits: Child Welfare Information Gateway (http://www.childwelfare.gov)

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