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
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