Adoption is for forever. And it's also not the best option for every family. As you seek your own answers to the question "is adoption right for me?", it's equally important to explore the other side of the question: "am I right for adoption?"
Adoption is a permanent proposition that requires a lifelong commitment by everyone involved. It is extremely important that you adopt for the right reasons. If you are looking to adoption to save a marriage, provide an heir, because all your friends have babies, or because of external pressures (such as your parents), this might not be the right time for adoption.
Anyone who plans to adopt must also be prepared to properly deal with the financial, time, and other significant lifestyle commitments that will be necessary in order for parenting to be a success. Your commitment will be tested during the process, and during parenting years. Before you decide to adopt, be sure you are ready and able to give this child all the love and attention that he or she needs and deserves.
In the end, adoption can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.
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