Adoption services have always been a part of The Sims franchise. This feature has definitely improved over time. When it was added to the first entry in the series, it could only be adopted by random calls, and it had too many restrictions. Now, in The Sims 4, it’s even more versatile, and it’s even better with the release of the Free Baby Update. This guide will explain everything players need to know about adopting a child in every possible situation in The Sims 4, including the new Science Baby option.
How to Adopt New Sims
Younger and older Sims can adopt a new child from their phone. Sim can select the Family tab and select the option to call an adoption agency. They’ll then have to choose the “Adopt a Child” option–the same menu from which players can adopt a dog or cat.
Random Sims will appear on screen, and players must choose which child their Sims adopt — ranging in age from newborns to children. In total, it takes 1,000 Simoleons to adopt a Sim this way.
How to Adopt an Existing Sim
In The Sims 4, it is now possible to adopt existing Sims. This new adoption feature comes with the free baby update, unlike the “Adopt as a Caregiver” option.
If Sims are in a relationship, engaged, or married, they can adopt their partner’s child, and they must also live in the same household as the child. A Sim must be an infant, toddler, or child to be eligible for adoption. If all of these requirements are met, Sims can adopt a child by interacting with them, going to the Friendly Social tab and selecting “Adopt (Sim’s Name)”.
This is a great option for Sims who decide to have a science baby or adopt a new Sim as a single parent but eventually find a partner they would like to co-parent.
Unfortunately, stepparents cannot adopt children of divorced, separated or deceased parents. They can only be adopted as dependents.
The Sims 4 is now available for PC, PS4, PS5 and Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S.