mental health


Question by  Jmow (44)

Will having bipolar disorder prevent me from getting a child through adoption?


Answer by  Wallybingus (176)

It could. The agency likely will investigate the severity of the disorder, treatment efficacy (past and current), treatment compliance, prognosis, and other variables such as past episodes of severe depression or mania. The issue (hopefully) would be whether you might pose a risk to the child, such as through abuse, neglect, confusion, or impaired judgment, during a mood episode.


Answer by  DianaHunter (20)

A diagnosis of bi polar disorder in and of itself will not prevent a person from qualifying to adopt. A social worker will interview the applicant and gather information from the applicant's psychiatrist to determine how well managed the condition is and if/ how it would impact the applicant's ability to parent a child in a healthy manner.


Answer by  Robio (24)

It depends on the type of adoption. Mental illness will most likely not preclude a step-parent or relative adoption where a home study is not required. Consideration of the illness and how it is managed will be subject to greater scrutiny in a private adoption or adoption from foster care. It is not an automatic rule-out though.


Answer by  John (9008)

Before being approved for adoption, potential parents are closely reviewed. This includes their medical history for both physical and psychiatric illnesses. Having a mental illness is not automatically disqualifying in and of itself, but you will have to show that you can care for a child, and a qualified doctor will have to agree.

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