Whether adopting a child means starting a family or expanding your current one, it's a life-changing decision that requires a considerable amount of research about the adoption process.Begin by considering what has brought you to this decision, then take some time to evaluate the financial and emotional resources you and your family can provide to a new family member. Would these resources best support an infant, toddler or teen? How can your lifestyle and immediate environment present and dissolve social obstacles for a child? For example, do you plan to be a single parent? Do you have a disability? Are you gay or will you be considerably older than the child you adopt?
Evaluating social resources can provide insight as to which ethnic background a potential parent should consider adopting and whether to adopt domestically or internationally. In turn, determining where you want to adopt your child may influence whether you have an open adoption with a birth parent and if you want to work with an agency, attorney or facilitator. It will also determine the amount of money or time off from work that you will need for adoption expenses and legal procedures. International adoptions are expensive as well as time consuming, as adopters will travel overseas and may need to spend an extended amount of time in the child's country of origin during the finalization process. Independent and private agency adoptions are equally expensive, starting around $5,000 and possibly going over $30,000 in fees. Public adoptions simply cost however much a home study fee is (generally a few thousand dollars).
Although these adoption fees are intimidating at first glance, there are many different ways to finance an adoption, from loans to government reimbursements, tax claims and employee benefits.
Finding a placement begins with knowing what kind of child you want to adopt. Photo listings can be helpful for adopters looking to place with an older child. These can be found in local publications, e-magazines or websites. Infant placements begin with the reflective process of putting together an adoption profile, which is a scrapbook-like portfolio that prospective adopters use to make an impression on birth mothers.
Don't be your own obstacle in the adoption process. Make the options available to yourself through research – and know there are millions of people out there in the adopting world with you.
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December 8, 2013, 6:52 pm
We have 7 altogether (8 when my step-son is with us) and it is a chore! I personally couldn't do what I do without the support of my husband and family. (Not that it can't be done, it can.) I do it without them all the time! Are there times when I would like to run away and hide? Of course! I think...Can someone provide some encouragement... please?
December 8, 2013, 2:58 pm
OK, so this is probably going to be a long post... I'm sorry in advance. To provide a bit of background, my wife and I are adopting a 15 year old girl and her 7 and 8 year old brothers. The boys have been together in the same foster home and the girl was in a home without any of her relatives. ...
Relative Adoption Advice
December 8, 2013, 1:03 pm
Hello, So....I get a call out of the blue the other day from a CYFD in NM inquiring if I would be interested in adopting my cousin ( my aunt is mentally ill) that has been in and out of foster care for about a year now. We live in Illinois, my husband and I have a biological son that is...help this poor child
December 7, 2013, 2:40 am
His name is Oliver ,he is an Orphan he is a 6months 2weeks old baby boy he needs a new family ,please if you have ever thought of adopting a new baby to join your family please contact me through this email [email]firstname.lastname@example.org[/email] . Oliver needs your help ,he needs a loving family...
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