Did you know that around 135,000 children are adopted every year in the United States? Reasons for adoption range from overcoming infertility to the willingness to provide a loving home for children in need.
Are you considering adoption but feeling intimidated by the process? While it’s a big decision, the first step is to understand the adoption process.
Keep reading to find out how to adopt a baby and if it’s the right thing for you.
Fostering a Child vs. Adoption
“Should I adopt or foster?”
This may be the first question you’re trying to answer for yourself.
Are you looking for a child to complete your family and to be a full-time parent? If so, adoption is probably the best choice as you commit to the love and wellbeing, and permanency of one child.
Or are you seeking to help as many children as possible? As a foster parent, you can help plenty of children over a long period.
Of course, many foster parents end up adopting a child in their care. However, it’s important to remember that a lot of foster children are in temporary care while their biological parent prepares to be a suitable guardian.
Read on for more information about fostering a child and working with biological parents.
How to Start Adoption Process
So you’ve made the big decision to adopt a baby or a child. Where do you start? You are going to need patience and optimism as it is a long process filled with challenges.
But, if you keep persevering your dream will be realized.
Educate Yourself on Types of Adoptions
Firstly, you need to decide on the specifics of the type of adoption that is best for you. This includes choosing between domestic and international adoption, adopting a baby or older child, and whether you prefer an open, semi-open, or closed adoption.
It’s important to understand the type of relationship that you think will work best for you and your child.
Choose an Adoption Professional
The adoption process can be a complex and challenging experience and the right professionals can make it a whole lot easier.
Ask a lot of questions, make sure you understand the entire cost and research research research!
Get Your Paperwork in Order
Once you’ve chosen the right adoption agency, you’ll have to fill out mountains of forms and documents, applications, and questionnaires.
You’ll also be creating your adoptive parent profile that will be sent out to prospective birth parents.
Complete Your Home Study
The home study assesses your capabilities and suitability for adopting a child.
It includes home visits and family interviews to ensure that you have a healthy environment to bring a child into.
The final few steps include choosing a birth mother or meeting children, preparing for your baby, and attending the birth.
After bringing your child home you will petition for adoption and finally, finalize the adoption.
Are You Ready to Start the Journey?
The adoption process may seem daunting and drawn-out, but at the end of the long road is your new adventure as an adoptive parent. The joy of bringing home your child is well worth the effort it takes to get there.
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