North Carolina Adoption Laws, pg 4

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Parties to Adoption

Who May Adopt
Citation: Gen. Stat. § 48-1-103

Any adult may adopt, except that spouses may not adopt each other.

Who May Be Adopted
Citation: Gen. Stat. § 48-1-104

Any individual may be adopted.

Who May Place a Child for Adoption
Citation: Gen. Stat. § 48-3-201

The child may be placed by any of the following:
  • An agency
  • A guardian
  • Both parents if married and living together
  • A parent with legal and physical custody of the child

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