Adopting a Child
Adopting children can be the most rewarding experience you’ll ever have. Not only do you get the joys of raising a child, but you have also rescued someone from a tough situation and become their new family. The adoption process may seem overwhelming at first, but with knowledge and the right professional on your side, you could be a parent in no time.
Getting Help with adoption
Is Adoption right for you?
There are many reasons a person would choose adoption. If a couple experiences infertility, adoption is an excellent alternative. There are also some special conditions where an unmarried couple can adopt a child. Single individuals who want to raise a child on their own can benefit from adoption too. And, of course, even couples who have no problem conceiving naturally may choose to adopt for personal reasons.
To be eligible for adoption, you must be financially stable and at least 21 years old. If you meet these requirements, the adoption process usually starts with an application through the Department of Family and Protective Services. You and anyone 14 years or older living in your house must undergo background checks. To ensure the adopted child’s safety, your agency will conduct home visits and interviews.
Getting Adoption Help
A family lawyer can be a huge asset as you navigate the twists and turns of the confusing and lengthy adoption process. There are legal documents that must be signed and a lawyer with adoption experience can help to demystify them. As you fill out your eligibility questionnaire, a family lawyer can explain why each question is being asked, and can help you identify any problems before they obstruct your ability to adopt.
Another Pathway to Adoption
Some people choose to foster toward adoption instead of adopting outright. In this situation, prospective parents, who are licensed, foster a child with the intention to adopt him or her if parental rights are terminated. While you are fostering, you receive a fee to help cover the costs of caring for the child. Both this and the traditional route are pathways to the incomparable experience of parenting.