Know What Are The Requirements That Must Be Met To Adopt A Child In Oklahoma .

Although the Oklahoma n Institute for Family Welfare (Icbf) records that about 2,000 children, on average, are adopted every year in Oklahoma , the process for granting custody of a minor to the interested parties requires compliance with several requirements, among others. Who is found to be over 25 years old, have 10 years more than the child, and be able to provide stability to the sponsored person.

According to Icbf figures at the end of last year, there were about 11,000 children waiting to be taken in by a family, which are girls, boys or adolescents under 18 with a declaration of adaptability; whose adoption has been previously consented by their parents; whose adoption has been authorized by the family ombudsman; or the child of one of the spouses or permanent companion.


In Oklahoma , as in most developed countries, the adoption of homeless children has increased considerably in recent years. This fact has raised new needs for professional intervention.

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Stable Family To A Child

For these procedures, the Law mandates that whoever is opting to adopt is fully capable, has more than 25 years, demonstrates physical, mental, moral and social suitability to offer a suitable and stable family to a child, and be 15 years older than the child.

Adoption Children

For the family lawyer, Howard Lucas, all the cases related to the adoption of children are different, since certain variables must be taken into account, such as the minor’s condition, if he/she is in a state of abandonment or if there is a family member in extension.

Process Adoption

“When an individual wants to process an adoption process, he can go to a court or family welfare and this type of process, depending on contractual factors, can take close to two years.”

Constitutional Court

Another source close to this type of case, who asked not to be cited, explained that for Oklahoma ns it is difficult to advance these processes in the country, because there are many requirements, while the situation for foreigners, on occasions, is much simpler, because they do it through foundations.

According to the current norm, in Oklahoma  the spouses can adopt; single, widowed or separated persons; couples made up of men and women who certify a coexistence of at least two uninterrupted years; the spouse or permanent partner of the father and, recently, following a decision of the Constitutional Court, same-sex couples.

The Difficulty Of The Process


Meanwhile, Guillermo Navarro, a partner at Navarro Martín Abogados, pointed out that the difficulty of the process “depends on compliance with the requirements and conditions required by the Law, but as always it is a procedure on which the assessment of the official will depend.”

It is worth mentioning that after the adoption is granted, it is irrevocable, that the child will take the surname (s) of his or her adoptive parents and that this process has no cost.…


Oklahoma: What Is The Process To Adopt A Child?

The news of abandoned newborns, such as the recent one of a minor who gave birth and left the baby in a neighborhood in Guayaquil, is a concern in the country. The fact leads to the questions, what situations converge for a mother to abandon her child? What options are there for women who decide not to take care of their children? How to protect abandoned children? How can you adopt and contribute to the healthy development of a child in unsafe conditions?

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These are difficult questions to answer, and the testimonies from different points of view are equally dramatic.

Raped women who do not want to raise the child. Couples who yearn for a child that does not arrive. Minors condemned to live without parents, without family.

In 2014, according to a publication in the state media, in Oklahoma  there were  2,600 children and adolescents in situations of abandonment or orphanage who lived in foster homes managed by the government; and there are other reception centers of private administration where many more live.

However, in 2015 there were only 148 adoptions in the country, according to INEC figures. The majority in the Sierra region.

Dozens of testimonies affirm that the adoption process in Oklahoma is complex and long.

Every child needs a “declaration of adoptability.” This is a document issued by a judge, who must determine, according to the case, that the minor cannot be reintegrated with his parents or with a close relative. Only then, is the other part of adoption involved, the possible parents.

What is the process to adopt in Oklahoma?

They can adopt: Families or single people, trained, qualified, sensitive, committed, with a vision of rights to accept the role of adoptive mothers and fathers. Those who are willing to assume appropriate parenting, protection, love, education, health, proper treatment, contributing with respect to good living and the guarantee of rights.

The requirements are:

1. Be legally capable

2. Being in full exercise of political rights

3. Be over twenty-five years old

4. In the cases of a couple of adopters, this must be heterosexual and be united for more than three years, in marriage or de facto union that meets the legal requirements

5. Enjoy adequate physical and mental health to fulfill parental responsibilities

6. To have indispensable economic resources to guarantee the adopted one the satisfaction of their basic needs

7. Not record criminal records for crimes punishable by imprisonment

The process is:

1. Approach or contact one of the Zonal Adoption Technical Units (depending on the address), where guidance is received, basic information is recorded and an appointment for a preliminary interview is obtained

2. A preliminary interview with the person or couple requesting adoption

3. Participation in the formation circles of adoptive parents 2 sessions of 8 hours for the development of 5 modules

4. Submission of the application and complete means of verification

5. Individual and couple psychosocial assessment if applicable

6. Home study

7. Declaration of the suitability or not of the applicants for adoption

8. Assignment of the child or adolescent

9. Acceptance or not of the family

10. Relational process. This occurs once the acceptance of the family exists if the process of connection is successful, the child moves to live with his family

11. Positive follow-ups for 2 years

Adoption is prohibited in the following cases:

– You can not adopt a creature that is about to be born

– The child cannot be chosen by default, except when the adopter is a relative, within the fourth degree of consanguinity, or the minor is the child of the spouse or partner in the cases of the de facto union that meets the legal requirements.