How to Get Ready for Your Adoption
Once you and your spouse have decided that adopting a child is something that you are both dedicated to and in agreement upon, you should consider whether or not you want to have a child that shares either you or your spouse's ethnic or racial background. Sometimes this is more of an acceptance issue. If you believe that it may be a problem for your child throughout their life to have parents who may not look or act similar to them, then it may be a good idea to adopt a child of the same race and ethnic background.
Adopting a child can potentially be very expensive. You should be ready to incur many costs throughout the duration of the adoption process. Be sure to research statistics online about the average costs of adopting so you know what you're getting into. You should also talk with your spouse and figure out whether or not this is something that is actually feasible for you.
Before you adopt, it's wise to look online at forums and blog sites to read about other couples who have adopted a child. You'll get to hear first hand stories about how they felt when the adoption process was completed. You'll also probably get some good tips from the new moms and dads on just what to expect with your new child and how to handle the added stresses of parenthood.
Make the Process as Stress-free as Possible
Adopting a child is an extremely stressful situation. Maybe you, or both you and your spouse, need to take a few months off from work when you adopt your new family member. It can be difficult to adjust right away to the new situation, especially if you are the new parents of a baby. You will need time to bond with the new addition to your family, so plan accordingly. Don't cut your time short with your new loved one or you may be sorry in the long run.
"We would like to thank you for giving us the greatest gift. Susan is such a beautiful child and we wouldn't have her without you."
Bruce & Tina
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