There are many challenges in becoming a parent. When you become a parent through adoption, it can involve many more obstacles. It can involve red tape, high costs, tons of paperwork, being vetted, and that is only during the approval process. There are even times families wait months or years after they have found a child to adopt, depending on where the child is coming from and if there is a parent involved. After your child is brought home, it can mean home visits and challenges with adjusting to being a new parent.
All of this these challenges are worth it in the end when you have the opportunity to bring home your child. This is the hope and love that pulls parents through the challenges of the adoption process. Here are some questions to ask yourself as you consider adoption:
- Why do I want to adopt?
- Am I financially able to afford adoption? To be a parent?
- Will I be able to handle not being biologically related to my child?
- What type of adoption do I want? Private adoption? Foster to adopt? Open adoption or closed adoption? International or domestic adoption?
- How old a child do I want to adopt?
- Would I be okay with a child who doesn’t share my race?
- Could I care for a child with special needs?
- Am I ready to talk to my family about adopting?
- How will I broach the topic of adoption with my child and/or children?
- How will I handle when my child is ready to look into his or her family history?
- What support do I have around me to help handle the difficult times?
There are many other questions you could ask when you’re looking at adoption as a possibility to grow your family, but these are a starting place. Contact us at A is 4 Adoption to talk about some of these questions you are turning over in your mind. We are a private adoption center, available 24 hours a day and can help give you direction.