Are you starting the child adoption process? It is a journey, and along the way you make a series of decisions. Among the first is deciding where you want to adopt: domestic or international? Here are some points to consider when making this important decision.
Cost is a key consideration, so make sure you understand the specific adoption process in your selected locations. Research all locations that you are interested in and learn the specific requirements and fees for each country or state. Be sure to learn all costs associated with your particular adoption process, from start to finish. Adoption costs can range widely, and other costs to think about are agency or program fees, government fees, travel expenses, and legal fees.
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The adoption process requires patience to go through several steps to completion. Generally, the wait can take waiting take from a month to a year or longer, depending on your adoption location. Other factors include child availability, contact with birth parents, medical background, substance use, and national restrictions. For example, China and Russia can take a year or longer to complete an adoption. Keep in mind, too, that you may be adopting a toddler versus a newborn or infant at the time you complete the process.
Medical and Family Background Information
Social and medical background information may not be available or known, namely, family medical history that includes birth parents’ medical history. You will want to consider your need for this information, which may lengthen or shorten the process.
Find out about legal restrictions on adoption that may involve the birth parents, the agency’s own contract and its restrictions, and laws at a state or national level.
Reduce or eliminate risks you identify in order to move forward, and know that welcoming a child into your family is a great gift. Adopting a child means learning as much as you can early on, knowing that you can create a life and many possibilities together.
Explore your personal preferences, which ultimately may make the most sense when you use your heart and your head. Perhaps you share a language or have a family connection in another country, or an emotional tie to a place in the world that matters to you.
By weighing your options and understanding the process thoroughly, you will figure out what works best for you to complete the adoption process. Following your heart may ultimately make you the happiest, so don’t let the expense prevent you from attaining your dreams. YouCaring will show you how to raise needed funds with Compassionate Crowdfunding ™ .
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