4 Things to Consider Before Adopting a ChildBy Moskowitz Law Group, LLC |
Deciding to adopt a child is exciting for prospective parents. However, the process may be daunting to many people who are unsure of what all it entails. If you are interested in adoption, we hope that these considerations can aid you with your decision.
It is important to have thoughtful reflection and do thorough research before you decide to start the adoption process. Consider both the positive and negative elements associated with this journey before you decide if it’s right for you. Here are the 4 biggest things to consider before adopting a child:
- Know why you want to adopt. Understanding why you want to adopt is essential to begin the adoption process. Adoption is a big decision and knowing your motives will assure you as to whether it’s the right option for you. It is also just as important to consider what you can handle. Are you comfortable raising a child who is of a different race or has medical needs? These questions are critical to answer honestly before deciding to adopt. The decision to adopt will result in a permanent alteration to your life, so make sure you are certain that this is what you want.
- Consider the financial implications. Adoption could have a financial toll for you depending on the route you take. The Child Welfare Information Gateway states that domestic adoption may cost between $20,000-$40,000. While an international adoption could cost between $20,000-$50,000. However, another common option, adopting a child through foster care, may not cost anything. It’s crucial to research the financial implications of adopting a child. These costs are on a case-by-case basis contingent on the decisions you choose. The typical costs associated with adoption are attorney fees, the home study (making sure your living space is suitable for a child), a profile book (showcases your family and makes the case as to why you want to adopt), parent expenses (fees to help the pregnant mother), and travel costs.
- Prepare to wait. Patience is key when it comes to adoption. Some people can receive a match in days, but for others, it could take years. It depends on how flexible you are when it comes to preferences of the child you wish to adopt such as medical needs or age. Although it may take a while for you to be matched, you will have a lot of paperwork to complete, home visits, training, meetings, and court dates. Sometimes you might also be required to travel.
- Be aware that there will be a period of adjustment. You and your child may not bond right away. It usually takes time to develop a strong parental bond with your child. Additionally, you must adjust to having a child in the house, and the child will also need time to adjust to their new surroundings. Use the adjustment period to learn to be a family and to recognize that some children need more time to adjust, while others may adjust quickly.
Ready to Adopt?
Adoption comes with a large array of options, considerations, and challenges. While this list is not extensive, if you still feel like adoption is the right move for you after doing research and reflecting, reach out to a new jersey adoption attorney today. The lawyers at Moskowitz Law Group have the experience and resources that could help you through the adoption process.