Child adoption, although the phrase seems intuitive, is actually used to differentiate between the adoption of an infant and a child over the age of 2. Infant adoption is used almost exclusively to describe adoptions in which a birth mother places a child shortly after his or her birth. Older child adoption, on the other hand, is something handled by the government-run public agencies, which place children from the foster care system.
Not every adopter wants the experience of having an infant. Older couples or individuals who do not have great amounts of time to put into the raising of a new born are more likely to want to bypass the experience of adopting and raising an infant. However, some adopters are still interested in caring for and raising a child of their own. These individuals are more likely to adopt an older child.
Older child adoption, while not every adopter's first choice, has its advantages. Older children will already have developed a unique personality and exhibit certain traits that may or may not be manageable for an adoptive parent. There are few surprises with older children. A possible disadvantage to public adoption is the number of waiting children with special needs. Adoptable children over the age of six are more likely than their peers to have anxiety, depression and attention deficit disorders, according to the chart book Adoption USA. It's important that in addition to the possible medical, emotional and behavioral issues an older adoptee may have, adopters is not intimidated by a child's past. Older children may also have the disadvantage of a tumultuous life prior to coming into an adoptive family, which may make the child distrusting of adults or uncomfortable with "normal" family dynamics. It can be thought instead that older children bring a potential for a lot of bonding and appreciation and love. This may be a good choice if a couple is particularly active and are looking for someone who can go out with them rather than keep them in as an infant would.
The process for adopting an older child is similar to other domestic adoptions. It requires a home study and some states may require a prospective adoptee to be fostered in the household for a trial period.
Give Indian parents first preference in child adoption: HC
Indian parents should be given preference in child adoption over NRIs, Overseas Citizens of India (OCIs) and foreign nationals, the Bombay high court has ruled.DeKalb celebrates adoptions; encourages older child adoption
When Kanye Jordan, 9, arrived at the DeKalb County Courthouse Monday, years of uncertainty in the state's foster care system came to an end. With a judge's signature, foster mom Beverly Jordan officially became Kanye's mother.
Knox Co. Agency celebrates Natl Adopt...
The Knox County Department of Child Services Saturday will sponsor a child adoption clinic in Vincennes. It's part of a month long effort to bring awareness to the month of November. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has regarded November as National Adoption Month for 18 years.Maltese could continue to adopt from Russia
Maltese heterosexual couples will still be able to adopt from Russia subject to the due processes as established by law and a bilateral agreement on cooperation between Malta and Russia on adoptions which is currently being negotiated with a view to its conclusion in the near future.
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December 6, 2013, 11:47 am
I adopted my son as an older child adoption 5 years ago. Now I'm looking to adopt again, preferably an older who is legally free (or headed that way). I'm open to a variety of special needs, and very open to kids who are considered difficult to place. I contacted my county to ask about renewing...
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