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Adoption is just one of the many options you have to build or expand your family. And whether you're exploring adoption as an option or you've already decided that adoption is the right path for you and your family, you will undoubtedly have many questions in need of answers. For starters, it's important to realize that once you decide to adopt, you must then choose which type of adoption works for you-foster adoption, domestic adoption, or international adoption. Even within these categories, there are a number of sub-types to consider, too. Each method has benefits and risks that you'll want to consider. Additionally, ages of children available often vary depending on the program you choose, so getting a clear picture of your desires for a child and the realities of the program are very important. Another thing you'll need to consider is the varying costs associated with adopting.

In the beginning stages of research, you'll have to ask yourself many questions to pinpoint the right direction. These questions may include the following, but aren't limited to the below list:

  • Is it important that the child I adopt share my racial or ethnic background?
  • Have I done fact-based research regarding the different adoption types?
  • Am I drawn more toward domestic infant adoption, adopting from foster care, or adopting internationally?
  • How do I feel about openness in adoption and am I willing and ready to have some type of relationship with a biological family?
  • Have I researched the different avenues of adoption, such as using an agency, attorney, adoption facilitator, or agreeing to a private adoption?

Once you can answer these questions without hesitation, it is time to dive deeper into research so you can make an informed end decision. An informed decision will leave you feeling confident, and because of the tedium that is a part of the adoption process, having additional confidence is always a benefit.

Even though the adoption process may seem overwhelming, it is important to remember that you don't have to go through it alone. If you're working with an agency, you will be assigned a case worker to answer all your questions along the way. You may also have your family and friends supporting you emotionally. However, this isn't the case for everyone. If not, you always have the option to join a local or online support group, which is also a great way to get the feedback, insight, and information you need to progress through the adoption process.

Throughout this section, you will find information including, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Adoption costs
  • Beginning the adoption process
  • Adopting domestically, internationally, and from foster care
  • The home study
  • Working with a case worker
  • Positive adoption language

Adoption can be a wonderful and exciting adventure, but it's not always an easy path. Whether your adoption journey is just starting or nearing completion, offers a large selection of resources and information that will help you now and in the future.

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Kay - 4 years ago
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I would love to adopt a child . I am interested in founding out how #1
shahara smith - 3 years ago
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Hello, 25, single woman, Very interested in Adopting and sharing my life with someone special:) little girl or boy, race doesn't matter ! (infants- 5 yrs old ) thank you #2
Tara - 3 years ago
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If you're on benefits for health reasons and don't have a spare bedroom, is there any way around this, if you are desperate to adopt and can somehow improve your health enough to cope? I just need some hope. #3
Michelle - 3 years ago
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i am only 17. im planning to adopt a birth child in the future. I love kids. Im afraid to get pregnant. and even if i do get pregnant someday i still want a foster infant. they are so special to me. im just trying to look into more. i want to know when can i adopt? Before knowing who i want to adopt can i meet the parents ? #4
erica - 3 years ago
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Adoption is a wonderful thing i was adopted! My husband and i have two beautiful daughters together and are looking to add another child. We would love to adopt a little boy just bc we can not have boys. We are a young couple with great job and own our own home. I have breastfed both my girls and would want to breastfeed the new adition. We would be ok with open adoption or closed. We would like to adopt from a mother or state. My husband and i both have a strong church back ground and no criminal record. U can find us on fb or contact mein the feed. Please let us provide a loving home for a little blessing from god. #5
Stephanie - 3 years ago
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I love kids, and I hope she or he will like my cats. I don't think there will be a problem with the pets.Children tend to like gentle animals. #6
jeannie - 3 years ago
1 1 4
My best friends child is a ward of the state of Ohio I want to qualify to adopt her if anyone has any idea how #7
Guest. - 4 years ago
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My brother kid live with me for 10 years.we do not know where the mother is.i just find out that the kid is not my brother kid.i love this kid as if this child is mind child. How do I go about adopting this child. please help this kid is deep with in my heart. #8
Jessica - 3 years ago
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Kaitlyn, try Rainbow kids if you are okay with special needs children. They are mostly toddlers And international children but they are beautiful and need a good family. #9
Laura - 4 years ago
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So important to find the right agency - I think locals are the best because it is just more personal! Do a lot of reviewing via the web and make sure you choose one who has reviews that talk about personal attention. I really loved the fact that ours came to US and worked FOR us - cleared up every question we ever had...just like all of their reviews claimed!! #10
holly - 3 years ago
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Tiea I would love and adopt your sweet baby. I am so sorry the other didn't work out but God always has a greater plan and I hope that includes me. I am married and have been for 11 yrs and we have kids of our own, but I was not able to have anymore due to a pulmonary embolism. I am now cured but i had to have a hysterectomy. #11
Sara - 3 years ago
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I'm interested in adopting and would like info regarding the process. I'm interested in adopting a couple such as siblings from infant to 5 yr. #12
Joseph TALBOTT - 4 years ago
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Looking to adopt need help #13
helen and norman - 3 years ago
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We would like to adopt but we don't know how much it cost or how to go about adopting #14
JJ - 3 years ago
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My husband and I adopted 3 yrs ago now we want to adopt again this time a lil boy.we are looking into agency's. Plz email me if theres any good xxxx #15
Cathy Walker - 3 years ago
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Adopting a child is a very good decision as it gives life, love and a safe future to a sweet child who deserve a good life. But most important is choosing the right way to adopt a child so that later on adoptive parents and children do not face any kind of problem.....good article.... #16
Staci - 4 years ago
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Tonisha there are some great agencies or lawyers that can help you with your decision. What state are you? We did an open adoption with our sons birthmother through a lawyer. Now we are going through an agency for our second. #17
jaymie - 3 years ago
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I want to adopt a baby because my kids are growing up to fast. #18
lisa - 3 years ago
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How can you use this to communicate one on one? Ties where are you located? How far along? Do you know the sex? #19
Randy and Cheryl Gray - 2 weeks ago
Looking to adopt need information thanks #20

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