Adoption is an ancient custom of taking on another's child as your own but has become increasingly popular for a variety of reasons – some people are unable to have children of their own and so decide to adopt a child instead, others want to give a child in Need a better life, while still others have children of their own but want to extend their family and choose to do so through adoption. In this article we will not only look at whether you should adopt but also how to go about adopting.
As we have mentioned, there are a number of reasons why people decide to adopt a child but child adoption is not for everyone and it is important to ask yourself some questions before you decide whether adopting a child is for you. Firstly, are you emotionally, physically and financially capable of taking care of a child? Are you able to copy with any issues which they child may have – such as issues over being adopted and not being with their birth family (feelings of rejection by the birth family, etc.)? If you have other children are they ready to accept a new sibling through the process of adoption?
In addition, if you are an older adoptive parent or have any health issues which affect your daily life then you may want to discuss the possibility of adoption to find out whether you would be able to cope with your health problems as well as a child.
Having a child, however, can be a wonderful experience for people who are able to answer the above questions honestly and still feel that they would really like and be able to cope with another child. You are now able to love another child (sometimes your first) and are able to provide that child with a better future. So how do you go about it, if you have decided to adopt a child?
The child adoption process varies depending on the type of adoption you are going for as well as your home country and / or the country where you will be adopting a child from. In general though you need to begin by asking yourself what type of adoption are you going to go for – domestic or international? Older child or infant adoption?
Once you have decided on the type of adoption the next thing is to find an adoption agency. There are a number of websites on the internet that have listings of child adoption agencies for both domestic and international adoption. Phone or visit a couple of these agencies and if possible attend any orientation courses that they may be running.
Once you have chosen your agency, filled in the application form and paid the required fee, your counselor or social worker will guide you through the whole child adoption procedure. This will include a number of interviews, home studies, and medical and criminal record checks. The length of this process will depend on the type of adoption you have chosen and your counselor will be able to
In conclusion, child Adoption is not for everyone and before deciding to adopt it is important that you honestly answer some questions about your ability to look after this child. If you do decide to adopt however it can be a wonderful experience and truly benefit all involved. If you decide to adopt you should start by deciding what kind of adoption you want to go for and then finding an adoption agency that will guide you through the whole child adoption procedure. This process can take anything from a number of months to a number of years and includes paperwork, home studies and interviews. Your adoption agency will be able to help you through this whole process.
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