Requirement towards candidate-adopters as per the Icelandic legislation:
The prospective adopters with habitual place of residence in Iceland who would like to adopt a child with habitual place of residence in a foreign country should have reached the age of 25 years, which is the minimum required age as per the Icelandic legislation. In case some specific circumstances are present, which are to be considered on a case-by-case basis, it is possible that candidates who have reached the age of 20 years are allowed to apply for adoption. There is no maximum age limit or a mandatory age difference between the adopters and the adoptee. As for candidates’ family status, the Icelandic legislation allows married couples and heterosexual couples who have been cohabiting for at least 5 years to apply for adoption, as well as: one of the spouses in a couple, who is adopting the child of the other spouse; one of the applicants in a married or cohabiting couple in case that the other spouse has gone missing or his/her mental health prevents him/her from understanding what adoption means. A single person could obtain a permission to adopt if some special circumstances are present, which are considered on a case-by-case basis, and that is only if the adoption is apparently in the best interest of the child.