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, Adoption.com offers a large selection of resources and information that will help you now and in the future.
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