Adoption is the process of an adult, or adopter, petitioning for and receiving parental rights of a child he or she is not biologically related to. It's legally binding and requires the birth parents of the child to relinquish their legal responsibilities to the future adoptee.
Although there are many factors that play into one's decision to adopt or place a child, the most important step one takes is research. From online forums to support groups, publication, photo listings, or the Child Welfare Information Gateway, utilizing research and informative resources on the Internet and in one's community allows one to better understand his or her role in the adoption community and how to make the most out of one's circumstances and desires to start a family or place a child.
For potential adoptive parents, the process may begin with assessing how one's lifestyle is unique or may affect the chance of being placed with a child - for example, asking one or all of the following: Am I single, disabled, or in the military? Do I want to adopt an infant, toddler or older child? Am I prepared to raise a child that is not biologically related to me? How financially prepared am I to start a family and engage in the process of adopting? Do I want to work with an agency, attorney or facilitator? Do I want an open relationship with a birth mother or father after the adoption is finalized? How could this affect my decision to adopt internationally and domestically? If I adopt a child into a transracial family, is there same-race support available as he or she ages?
Birth mothers considering placement will want to research the pros and cons of working with agencies and attorneys as well as become knowledgeable of birth mother rights, which vary by state. Before making placement decisions, she may also want to think about the kind of adoptive family she wants the child placed with. Understanding the decision to place is something that counseling can provide a birth mother, which many states legally require adopting parents and agencies to pay for.
Adopting a child is about fulfilling every child's right to the best lifestyle out there for them and the great community of triad members is about helping future triads find their role and options in that community.
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