Most likely, no. As long as the individual is currently in treatment with medication and/or therapy, is asymptomatic, and has demonstrated the capacity to parent, this should not necessarily preclude you from adopting. A “now-healthy” adult has a good chance to successfully adopt. Either way, you will need a favorable letter from your doctor stating that you are presently in good health both physically and emotionally.

Keep in mind that independent domestic adoptions have fewer restrictions, as they are handled privately between the adoption triad of the birth mother, adoptive parent, and attorney. International adoptions will vary depending on the agency and country; some allow a history of the diagnosis of depression and some will not.

I hope this information is helpful to you. Best wishes as you pursue your journey to create your forever family.


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