International Adoption Options for Single Men

Just as there are women out there who’ve never found their partner but have always wanted a child, there are men in that position also. However, different countries have different criteria for adoptive parents, and most countries either do not allow singles to adopt or allow only single women to do so.

Single men can usually adopt from the U.S. child welfare system, probably the most common option for single men. International adoption opportunity are fewer: China, one of the two countries having the largest numbers of children adopted by U.S. parents, used to permit single parents to adopt (including men). However, China now accepts applications only from married couples. Russia now says married couples or single women are “strongly preferred”, with some exceptions made for children with special needs. (A “special need” is a factor that causes children to wait longer for a family. It may be age, siblings who must be adopted together, or medical/developmental or risk factors. ) However, adoption regulations are often set by regional governments in Russia, therefore some regions may be more willing to work with single men than other regions. Some U.S. adoption agencies partner with agencies in specific regions, so it may be worth asking several U.S. agencies if they accept single men into their Russia program.

My last three blogs have focused on lesser-known adoption programs, many of which you can find information on at the Rainbow Kids website. Some of these have options for single men.

A disclaimer here: countries and programs can change, as I noted above, so I can’t guarantee that these options will be available. However, countries currently accepting single men as parents include Brazil, El Salvador and Honduras. Ecuador allows single men to adopt children age 8 years or older (single women may adopt children 5 or older).
The eastern European countries of Estonia and Moldova permit single men to adopt. Lithuania allows single parents of either gender to adopt children with special needs.

Please see these related blogs:

Choosing the Type of Adoption that is Right for You

Adoption Options for Single Parents: Adopting from the Child Welfare System

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About Pam Connell

Pam Connell is a mother of three by both birth and adoption. She has worked in education, child care, social services, ministry and journalism. She resides near Seattle with her husband Charles and their three children. Pam is currently primarily a Stay-at-Home-Mom to Patrick, age 8, who was born to her; Meg, age 6, and Regina, age 3, who are biological half-sisters adopted from Korea. She also teaches preschoolers twice a week and does some writing. Her activities include volunteer work at school, church, Cub Scouts and a local Birth to Three Early Intervention Program. Her hobbies include reading, writing, travel, camping, walking in the woods, swimming and scrapbooking. Pam is a graduate of Seattle University and Gonzaga University. Her fields of study included journalism, religious education/pastoral ministry, political science and management. She served as a writer and editor of the college weekly newspaper and has been Program Coordinator of a Family Resource Center and Family Literacy Program, Volunteer Coordinator at a church, Religion Teacher, Preschool Teacher, Youth Ministry Coordinator, Camp Counselor and Nanny. Pam is an avid reader and continuing student in the areas of education, child development, adoption and public policy. She is eager to share her experiences as a mother by birth and by international adoption, as a mother of three kids of different learning styles and personalities, as a mother of kids of different races, and most of all as a mom of three wonderful kids!

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