One third of Americans consider raising a child who is not biologically related to them but only 2 percent of those people have actually done so, according to data reported on the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services website. There are hundreds of thousands of children all over the world who are waiting for permanent families. It's just a matter of matching prospective parents with the infant, toddler or teen they're meant to adopt and raise in their family.
The adoption community has evolved over time. It's no longer a taboo topic, has expanded its borders internationally and enables millions of children in America to live in loving, permanent families. Nearly everyone over the age of 21 to 25 is eligible to apply for placement. There are a few hangups still for nontraditional adults that are gay, disabled, older or intend to be single parents. However, the doors have opened wider for even the hard-to-place parents. Processes differ from state to state and agency to agency, but every adopter will have to pass a home study as part of his or her application. Although it's not only for the rich and famous, a stable home-life and financial resources are certainly valued by adoption agencies. To take legal responsibility and raise a child is a huge undertaking that will change anyone's lifestyle. It's important to have the time, money and mindset for starting or expanding your family.
Prospective parents should be honest with themselves, be thorough with their research and carefully consider the method they want to approach, keeping in mind the age of the child one can imagine bringing into his or her family and any issues they can expect to encounter, such as birth mother expenses or special needs.
Older child placement occurs through public or international agencies. Domestically, children come from the foster care system. As of September 30, 2009, there were 423,773 children in U.S. foster care system. According to the July 2010 estimates by the Administration for Children & Families, about a quarter of those children in foster homes - 114, 556 - were waiting for permanent placement.
If you're a prospective parent seeking placement by a birth mother, an agency or attorney can facilitate these adoptions. However, the wait-time can vary per case and there is more collaborative work between the birth parents and adoptive family.
In the greater scheme of things, there's no right or wrong way to approach adoption. However, the process is simplified and demystified by thorough research and self-awareness.
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February 25, 2014, 12:11 am
Well things are still going well! TPR did occur at the last court date with adopt parents! We had her wrap around provider scheduled for that day so she was sadly presented with the facts in her case! She seems to understand and be somewhat relieved! She has had no visit with her sibling since the...Great blog post...
February 25, 2014, 12:32 pm
[url=http://daddystractor.com/2014/02/24/the-heartbreak-of-foster-care/]The Heartbreak of Foster Care | Daddy's Tractor[/url] This quote really got me: "If he goes back to his bio parents I’ll cry because I will have lost him. If we adopt him I’ll cry because he will have lost his bio...
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February 25, 2014, 9:29 pm
my husband and I want to adopt young siblings. We don't know if we should use an agency or Texas cps system. Ive read many statements on here about one is better than the other in both sides. But not being able to see most peoples thoughts on the subjects because they have to be private messages is...Long complicated case..need support and help!!!
February 26, 2014, 9:03 am
One year ago two baby girls were placed with us (1 y/o & 3 m/o). Girls were in custody due to domestic abuse and neglect. For the first few months, birth parents came for visitation, but did nothing to follow DCS recommendations. When case was transerfed to new CW (due to biomom's verbal abuse...
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