Eligibility Criteria

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALutheran Social Services of Montana is a private non-profit organization, which has developed these criteria in cooperation with St. John’s Lutheran Ministries and the Montana Synod of the ELCA.  While each adoption is handled on a case-by-case basis, the eligibility requirements for LSS’s domestic adoption program include the following:

  1. You must be a married couple residing in the State of Montana
  2. You must have been married for at least 2 years by the time we complete your home study
  3. You must be mentally and physically healthy as documented by a physician’s report, background checks, and references
  4. You must be willing to participate in the adoption process as practiced by LSS-MT, which includes openness and communication with birth families

Also, please note the following preferences for placement:

  1. Preference will be given to childless couples or those who have one other child in the family
  2. Preference will be given to couples who are active within a Christian community of faith and who recognize the importance of faith development within the life of a child.

Eligibility criteria for contract adoptions and international adoptions might vary based on a variety of factors including agency and country regulations.