Getting Started With Adoption
Starting a family by adopting may be a second choice, but advocates say it isn't a second-best choice. Still, there is a lot to consider after you've made the decision to adopt a child.
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"You want this to be an ethical, warm, loving process and
not a financial transaction," Pertman says. But parents do pay steep fees
to adoption agencies. "For those fees, you should expect good service, and
the service is not just delivery of a child, or that's getting perilously near
the line of buying a baby."
In addition to guiding you through the labyrinth of legalities,
agencies should provide access to counseling for everyone involved -- you, the
child, and the birth mother.
Most importantly, Pertman says, "Be a good consumer -- not
of children, but of services."