Adopting a child can be unbelievably rewarding for a number of reasons. Each couple has their own reasons for considering adoption and each adoption case is individual. There a few key factors to consider when thinking about adoption, what age would you like the child to be, where the child has come from, financial implications, etc.
Research is vital when considering adoption. Make sure you know your states laws regarding adoption. Here are Nevada’s adoption laws. State laws may vary but the majority will never discriminate. Most people think that owning your own home is the most important factor for adoption but they may be mistaken. Financial stability plays a major role in the decision process as you are expected to support the child until they are eligible to leave home.
Consider which adoption path to choose. Open adoption is where the prospective parents actually meet the birth mother and form a relationship with them before and often after the birth. Closed adoption means the prospective parents have no contact with the birth mother and in turn the baby has no contact after the birth. The last option is international adoption where the child is from another country. This is a very popular choice with fellow Americans as it usually results in a better quality of life for the child. International adoption can take longer to finalise as you are dealing with two countries laws not just one. It is important to have realistic time frames in mind and know this process cannot be rushed.
This process can be a lonely one if you do not share it with others. You will need ongoing support from family and friends. Be open and honest regarding the process. Consider contacting other parents who have been through the process. This way you will have a clearer picture of what to expect. It may seem like the process may never end but remember why you are doing this. There is light at the end of the tunnel for those patient enough to pursue it and at the end of the process you will have changed a child’s life in ways you can’t even imagine.
Every child deserves love and a tight family unit. Regardless of race, gender or sexuality if you can provide a child with a loving home they desperately deserve then that is a wonderful thing to do.