Guide: How to adopt In The Sims 4 Game

how to adopt in the Sims 4

Ever wanted to fulfil the wholesome deed of adopting a child? What about having a house full of dogs? Or better yet, what about role-playing as that crazy cat lady who lives by herself with those gnarly 7 cats? Well then, you better start playing Sims 4!

Whether you want to adopt a dog, cat or a hooman child, Sims 4 will enable you to fulfil your virtual fantasy. While veteran players may already know how to adopt in the Sims 4 game, that might not be the case for new players.

The Sims universe can be a bit overwhelming for a new player who isn’t familiar with the franchise. There are too many activities and interactions that a player can do, all of which can be pretty confusing if it’s your first time. But worry not, that’s what we’re here for! In this article, we will take you through a step-by-step guide on adopting a living being in the Sims 4 game. We hope you’re ready to parent up!

Things to know ahead

There are a few things to consider before you embark upon your adoption journey. First, to adopt a child in Sims 4, you will need to afford the minimum adoption fee of $ 1000 Simoleons. This is clearly to prevent deadbeat dads and moms from existing within the Sims society. So if you want to be a parent, you’ll have to come up with that initial service fee.

Secondly, you can only adopt babies, toddlers and children in the game. There isn’t any option to adopt a full-grown teenager yet, but who knows, maybe they’ll release an expansion pack in the future. After all, the idea of adopting a troubled and angsty teenager is simply too irresistible. We certainly have our fingers crossed on that one.

Thirdly, if you want to adopt pets, you must expand the game. By that, we mean you have to purchase the Sims 4: Cats and Dogs expansion pack. Once you do that, it’ll only be a matter of being able to afford the $ 200 service fee. So now that you’ve read the fine print let’s get on to explaining how to adopt.

How to adopt a child

The first step is to log into your sim’s computer and click on the household option. Once you’ve done that, find the ‘adopt’ option and click on it to pay the initial fee. Alternatively, you can also log into your sim’s cell phone and select ‘hire a service’ from the household section. Once you’re in there, you should be able to choose the adoption service.

Now that you’ve proven to the computer that you can afford to be a parent, it will show you a list of adoptable children. Just look at all those cute faces! As you slide the cursor across the adorable munchkins, the game will tell you if it’s a toddler, baby or child. The sad thing is that you can’t read any of their characteristics or personality traits.

We admit it would be cool if they included some details about the kids available for adoption. Maybe little Timmy could have an anger issue due to his traumatic childhood. Or maybe, little Sarah was found abandoned in front of a fire station, just putting it out there. Hopefully, there will be an expansion pack or mod that fixes this, but as for now, you can only see their names.

Well, what you can do now is simply click on the toddler, child or baby you want to adopt, and it’s done! Your sim will leave the house and return shortly with your brand new child.

Making your adopted child a loving part of your family

Once your child has been successfully adopted and becomes part of the family, you can do away with their previous name and give them a new one. So if you don’t like the name ‘Josh’ or ‘Riley’, you can flick that off and name them something cool, like ‘Skeletor’. The power is yours.

As a recently adopted child, he or she will need lots of love, support and attention. Thankfully, you’ll be getting a parental leave from your workplace to spend more time with the newest family member. Needless to say, social services will swoop in and take away your child if you fail to become a decent and financially stable parent. So go ahead and spend quality parent-child time and create amazing memories!

How to adopt a pet

Since pet adoptions in the Sims 4 game works through an expansion pack, you’ll be presented with a little more content. Unlike with children, which is oddly just a one-click ordeal, you can actually meet the pets before you choose to adopt them.

Here’s how it works, simply access your phone and go to the hire service category. Select ‘adopt a dog’ or ‘adopt a cat’, and choose up to 3 pets for a meet and greet. The adoption agency will promptly show up with the selected pets, and you can now see them in person. Isn’t that great?

So go ahead and greet each of them; these are your potential pets, after all, so you might want to know what they’re like. Once you’re done squealing over their fluffiness, you can click on the one you like and select the adopt option. However, if you’re not satisfied with any of the pets, you can simply talk to the agency person and end the meeting. Doing so will prompt him to take the pets and leave.

You can keep repeating the process until you chance upon the one true pet that you want to adopt. Alternatively, you can also adopt a stray animal if you interact with it enough to create a bond. Once your friendship meter has reached a considerable level, you will get the option to adopt.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I stop the adoption evaluation?

A: Interact with the agency person who brought the pets and click on ‘end adoption evaluation’. This is a social interaction which will end the evaluation process.

Q: What will happen if you don’t take care of your adopted child?

A: If you are unable to provide a caring and happy life for your adopted child, social services will deem you an unworthy parent and take away the child.

Q: How many children or pets can I adopt?

A: You can have a total family of 8 living creatures. I.e., including kids, pets, spouses and yourself.

Q: Can a teenager Sim adopt a child?

A: Sims 4 does not allow teenage sims to adopt children. Only adult and elder sims have the option to adopt a child.

Final Thoughts

After reading this article, we’re sure you’ve got the gist of how to adopt in the Sims 4 game. So go ahead and try it out! After all, it is a game of world-building, so why not build and expand your home and family by adding adorable new members?.