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Adopting Children When You Have A History Of A Serious Health Condition

Prospective Adoptive Parents With Cancer

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As a general rule, people with cancer cannot adopt until after completion of treatment. Many states also have a five year rule which requires that five years pass fafter the date of diagnosis becuase adotpion will be permitted.

The longer a person is cancer free after treatment, the more likely the diagnosis will not prevent becoming an adoptive parent.

Sometimes people with advanced illness get approval to be adoptive parents when their condition is stable. In this event, it is likely the agency will pay particular attention to the role the other prospective adoptive parent will be able to play in supporting and caring for the child, as well as the support that is available from extended family and friends. The agency may also consider the community resources that can be mobilized to ensure that the child remains safe, well cared for, and appropriately supervised.

For advice and support after adoption, look at the on-line bulletin board at Yahoo, "Adoption after Cancer offsite link."  

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