Important Facts To Consider When You Are Ready For Adoption

After you and your spouse have tried in vitro,  natural conception, or artificial insemination, all to no avail, it may be time to try adoption. Working with a licensed adoption agency, you may have to make some very big decisions. Many parents come to an adoption agency looking for that perfect child. That does not always work out that way. Here are some very important facts to keep in mind when you are considering adoption. They will help give you a more realistic perspective of adopting a child.

Adopting a Child Is Not Like Picking out a Puppy

When you pick out a puppy, you pick out one based on temperament, fur color, eye color, etc. Unfortunately, you cannot walk into an adoption agency and do the same. If you are Caucasian, for example, and you want the perfect Caucasian-skinned baby or child, you may have a very, very long wait. Most children given up for adoption in the U.S. are not Caucasian. A larger percentage are African American, followed by Native American, then Hispanic children, then Caucasians, and Asian American children bringing up the rear. In most states there is actually a waiting list for babies and children of Caucasian origin. That said, you might want to consider adopting a child of another race.

There Are Legal Expenses in Adopting a Child

A licensed adoption agency can help find children for you, but you will still have to pay the legal fees to adopt the children you want to keep as your own. These fees range from $1,500 to $5,000, per child, depending on the state in which you reside and how far away the children have to come to live with you. If you adopt a child from another country, you can expect those fees to triple, even quadruple. If you do not have the money to adopt, consider asking friends and family for help in lieu of birthday and holiday gifts.

Special Needs Children Need Homes Too

It takes very special people to adopt special needs children. The care of these children is often much more demanding than that of typical children, which is often the reason why 39% of all adoptable children waiting to be adopted have special needs. If you can and are able to care for such a child, you might want to consider it, since these children may remain in adoption much longer than their peers who do not have special needs.

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