Adoption can be one of the most rewarding decisions you may make in your lifetime. However, prospective parents need to keep in mind that adopting a child is a lifelong commitment. You will be providing that child a life of love and security that he or she may not otherwise have the opportunity to enjoy. Adoption is a serious decision, and you need to be certain that it is indeed the right one for you.
There are several different ways that parents can adopt, and these include international adoptions, domesticate adoptions, and foster care adoptions. All of these adoptions have positive and negative points. Adoptions can be handled by a public or private agency, an adoption lawyer, or an adoption facilitator.
If you are seeking to adopt a child through an agency, it is very important that you check out their credentials as thoroughly as possible. You can check with the Better Business Bureau, and you can also make sure they are a licensed facility. You should also ask for references and contacts of parents who have successfully adopted a child.
A public agency will likely be involved if the child you are seeking to adopt is a foster child. There may be public funds available to help you with some of the legal fees. If you think you might want to adopt, you may want to consider becoming a foster parent at first. You may even be able to request a child who may have a serious possibility of being adaptable.
Private adoption agencies will typically cost more money. Many of these agencies have set criteria as to the qualifications of an adoptive parent. It is becoming more common to allow a single person to adopt a child, though. The priority of the adoption agency should be the care and well-being of the child.
Again, you will need to check out the agency’s credentials and reputation. You will want to determine how much money they demand, and what monies are needed upfront. You will also want to find out what happens to the money you have already spent if something goes wrong with the adoption, such as a birth mother changing her mind or disappearing with the baby.
Private adoption is usually handled through a private adoption lawyer. There can be a wide variety of costs involved, depending on several factors. The birth mother may be on a government-assisted program that covers her medical bills, so the only money she may need could be living expenses. However, the birth mother may need her hospital bills paid, also.
If this is the case, you could spend a significantly larger amount of money. Obviously, in addition to the money you spend on the mother’s medical and/or living expenses, you will also have to pay attorney fees and court costs. The total amount of money needed should be itemized and agreed upon in writing before an agreement is reached.
Adoption facilitators are not legal in every state. You may be able to adopt a baby quicker if you use an adoption facilitator, but you will very likely spend more money in order to do this. There are very strict guidelines concerning the legalities of using an adoption facilitator, and if they aren’t followed, the adoption could be placed in jeopardy. You need to be very familiar with your state laws and the adoption laws before proceeding with a facilitator.
If you are interested in international adoption, you will probably want to use an international adoption agency. They should be familiar with the laws of each country where adoption may take place. International adoptions can be less expensive than stateside adoptions, especially if an infant is involved.
The process can take longer, and often the child is a toddler or older before she can legally be placed with the adoptive parents. Once the adoption has taken place, however, and you have left the country with your child, any other legal problems should be few.
If you adopt a child in the United States, you can opt for open or closed adoption. Open adoption means that you and the birth parent can keep in contact as the child grows. You can decide how little or how many contacts, usually. A closed adoption means that the records are sealed, and there is little or no contact between the birth parents and the adoptive parents.
Adoption can be a long, expensive, and sometimes frustrating process. If you really desire to give a child a home, however, adoption can be a wonderful choice for both you and your child.Adoption can be a long