Adopting an Older Child
Adoption has become more socially accepted and popular lately for couples who want to have a baby and are unable to have one themselves or maybe they've just always wanted to adopt. Research shows that most couples will try to adopt a child who is 2 years of age or younger. They believe that doing so will help the child to grow up and see them as their mother and father. The adoptive parents believe that it'll be much easier for the child to accept the fact that they are adopted.
Research also shows that once a child is over 2, their likelihood of being adopted decreases significantly. Once they reach the age of 5, it becomes even less likely that they'll be adopted, and by the time they turn 10, it's nearly impossible that they will be adopted by a family. A lot of couples looking to adopt think that adopting an older child will be too difficult for them to handle. They believe that the child may have experienced psychological trauma during their years at their care facility and that trying to raise them into adulthood would be too much of a task for them.
There are some couples, however, who believe that they need to provide their assistance where it's needed the most—for children over the age of 10 years. They believe that if they don't provide a stable environment with structure and love, then the child will have no hope of ever having a successful future as an emotionally healthy and happy adult.
Before adopting an older child, you and your spouse should talk with other members in your family to make sure there are no objections to what you're doing. The last thing you want to do is bring a child into your home who is not accepted by a family member. This type of situation would make it even more difficult for them to become comfortable in their new environment.