As you consider adoption, talk to other parents who have adopted,
check out an adoption support group, and look at several adoption agencies. An
adoption social worker can offer you a wealth of information. Some couples find
professional counseling to be particularly helpful as they work through their
options for adding a child to their family.
When considering adoption, think about:
Whether you and your partner are both open to adoption.
Whether you might adopt a
child or will only consider an infant adoption.
Your feelings about
not being genetically related to your child.
How important it is
that you have information about your child's genetic
Whether you might adopt a child from a different ethnic
or racial background or another country.
How do the members of your family feel about
someone from a different ethnic background coming into the
Will your extended family be able to welcome and love the
How will you answer the child's questions about his or her
How will you answer questions other people may ask about
the child's heritage?
Your personal financial resources. Compare the
costs and success rates of elective infertility treatment with the costs and
success rates of adoption. Be clear about what you can afford and about your
financial ability to provide for your family's needs.
The length of
time the adoption process involves. Compare the time involved in infertility
treatments with the time involved in adoption processes. Are you able to be
patient and accept the time frames?
The personal evaluation process
required of all parties in adoptions. Adoptions require checks on personal
background, financial status, and employment status. They also require home
studies by social workers, physician health statements, and in some cases,
Bets Davis, MFA
Sandy Jocoy, RN
Kathleen M. Ariss, MS
Pat Truman, MATC
Primary Medical Reviewer
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
March 21, 2008
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March 21, 2008
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