Adopting A Child – What are the factors?
Are you a couple who is childless or wants to expand your family by adopting a child? Researching the adoption process unearths a dizzying amount of information while more questions arise. Do we want to adopt domestically or internationally? How much is this going to cost? What are the legal requirements for adoptive parents? How do we get started?
First and foremost, prospective parents should be in agreement regarding adoption. Parenting is a team effort and both parties should be united in the effort. Couples should put an emphasis on communication and openly sharing your thoughts and feelings during the process.
Prospective parents will go through an adoption organization, lawyer, or foster care agency. Once one of these groups has been contacted, a home study will take place and certain factors will be considered in the evaluation. The home study focuses on whether or not the home is a stable and safe environment for a child. Some of the factors considered are:
Adopting A Child – What Are The Criteria?
Consider the following criteria for adopting a child:
Adopting A Child – What Are The Financing Options?
Adopting a child can be very expensive and the cost varies depending on what type of adoption is pursued. The least expensive way to adopt a child is to adopt within the foster care system where many states subsidize the placement of children. A private or agency adoption can range from $8,000 to $30,000 depending on a variety of requirements such as birth mother expenses, medical care costs, and maternity clothes throughout the pregnancy. International adoptions can range from $7,000 to $30,000 or more with unpredictable amounts of increase. Be sure to ask the adoption professional about any payment schedules or sliding scale fees.
Of course, adopting a child might be out of reach for some couples. If you aren't in a financial or lifestyle position to adopt a child, you can still make a difference in a child’s life through our friends at Compassion International.