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Single Iranian women over 30 can adopt girls
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TEHRAN – The director of children and adolescence office at the Welfare Organization has announced that a regulation is being introduced that would allow single women over 30 to adopt girls. 
 
Hamidreza Alvand, in an interview with the Persian service of the Mehr news published on Friday, said that the conditions under which single women over 30 could adopt girls are: having no criminal records in following Islamic rules, having good financial status, being in sound physical and psychological conditions, practicing one of the religions stated in the Iranian constitution, not having any sort of addiction to drugs or alcohol, and being free of sexual transmitted diseases (STDs) and other sort of incurable diseases.
  
Alvand also added that childless couples who have been married for over five years and one of them is over 30 could also apply for child adoption as well.
 
He said during the first 6 months of the adoption, Welfare Organization social workers visit children on a regular basis and after that period they do a telephone follow-up.

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