5 Tips For Couples Seeking to Adopt
Many couples nowadays turn to adoption as a means to grow their family. However, for many people the process appears complex and puzzling. While it can be complicated and time-consuming, scores of partners successfully adopt children every year. Here are some tips to keep in mind if you're hoping to adopt a child.
1. Do your research. There are many agencies around; not all are reputable. Investigate your options, getting in touch with your local adoptive family associations or support groups and seeking recommendations from others who have successfully adopted. Assess domestic vs. international adoption agencies, depending on the region from which you hope to adopt a child. Look at adoption agency track records and testimonials. It’s a good idea to schedule a consultation with an adoption attorney.
2. Obtain an adoption attorney. You may wish to check with a lawyer specializing in adoption. Lawyers who specialize in adoption are well-versed in the often intricate laws, regulations and complexities of the adoption process and are generally required for partners seeking adoption. Your lawyer will help you comprehend not only the legal requirements for adoption but also your legal rights as potential adoptive parents and the birth mom's legal rights as well.
3. Have patience. The adoption process varies in length of time but, generally, it takes longer than adoptive parents anticipate. The variables in any given situation may determine how long an adoption takes, i.e., race of the birth parents, gender of the child to be adopted, cost, etc. International adoptions frequently take considerably more time than domestic adoptions and generally require excursions abroad.
4. Be ready to discuss finances with your adoption professional. The costs involved in adopting a child may differ greatly. Some adoptions can cost tens of thousands of dollars when all is said and done; others are not as expensive. When doing your research on adoption agencies/adoption lawyers, thoroughly investigate all costs included. Make certain your financing plan has been determined before you begin the process.
5. Look for support. Adopting a young child is a happy experience, but it is also stressful. Surround yourself with loved ones, friends and other adoptive mothers and fathers who can be a source of support for you, both during the adoption process and after it is finished.