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Adoption Requirements and Considerations

To become an adoptive parent through Youth Villages you:

  • can be married, single or divorced.
  • may or may not have other children.
  • can rent or own your home.
  • can work full time.
  • must be at least 25.
  • must be able to meet the financial and emotional needs of your own family.
  • must have an approved adoptive homestudy from a licensed agency (learn more in our Frequently Asked Questions).

Essentially, if you are stable and can provide a child with the love, as well as the support he or she needs, you may be a candidate to become an adoptive parent.

Things to think about when considering adoption:

  • Am I secure and satisfied with my life and my family as they are now?
  • Do I have a good support system -- friends and family who can help me?
  • Can I be flexible in coping with surprises and unexpected situations?
  • Can I wait for a child to return my love?
  • Can I feel comfortable with the fact that my child may want to talk with me about her biological parents, as well as others who have cared for her in the past?

Right now, dozens of Youth Villages kids in Tennessee are looking for adoption, ranging in age from five to 18. Profiles are available for many of the children eligible for adoption.

Please complete this short inquiry form if you are considering adopting a child in our care and our adoption staff will contact you to provide more information.


Visit our adoption profiles website to meet some of the children in our care seeking forever homes.

About Us
Youth Villages is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to helping emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families live successfully. We help more than 22,000 children and families each year from across the country. Our Evidentiary Family Restoration® approach involves intensive work with the child and family, a focus on measuring outcomes, keeping children in the community whenever safely possible, and providing accountability to families and funders. The EFR approach produces lasting success for children with success rates twice that of traditional services at one-third the cost of traditional care.
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