Steps in Adopting an Infant
One of the most treasured gifts in life is to watch your child, whether adopted or biological, as they become adults, discovering life as they go along. Since not every husband and wife can have children biologically (it may be that one of the partners is infertile, or maybe age has become an issue), they may consider adoption. Or it might be that the biological parents are not in a position to parent the child.
The First Steps
If you're positive that you want to adopt an infant, then the very first thing you must do is ask yourself whether you would make a suitable mother or father. When you begin the actual interview process, this will be one of the first things you are asked
Having A Home Study
Before you adopt, social services need to ensure that you are suitable for a child to be placed in your home. To do that, they'll come to your house to make an assessment of your living conditions and way of life. Some of the important things they'll be looking for are your family history; whether you already have young children and their role in the family; what your marriage is like and why you wish to adopt. There are many other things to go over so be prepared for a long visit or visits.
The Cost of Infant Adoption In America
Although you don't have to be rich to adopt an infant in the US, you are going to need to have a sufficient funds. Based on what state you live in, the expense of adopting an infant can run between $5,000 to $45,000. While you might think about taking out a loan or second mortgage, this could actually work against you at times when it comes to your financial stability during your home study appointments
Even after every one of these requirements have been met, you may still find things that can go wrong. A change in your circumstances might change your eligibility; the birth parent(s) can become difficult and change their mind about adoption; and if you're trying to adopt an infant from another state in the U.S., there's a whole host of other issues to take care of. However, there's practically nothing that can't be overcome if you genuinely wish to adopt for the right reason. If you make sure you've got a great lawyer, have taken into consideration everything that can happen and are ready for a long haul, then hopefully you too will soon understand the delights that only a child may bring.
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-Dan and Jill
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