Is Adoption Right for Me?
While couples choose adoption for many reasons, many do so after exhausting infertility treatment options-an emotionally taxing process. Whether this was your experience or there were other circumstances that made you wonder if you’d ever have the joy of a child in your life, the decision to adopt can be a difficult one.
However, it is vital that both adoptive parents fully accept the decision to pursue aadoption. This begins by truthfully answering questions such as:
- How long are we willing to wait?
- How much can we afford to pay for the process?
- What type of adoption situations are we comfortable with (open, semi-open, closed)
- Are we willing to adopt a child of a different race?
- With what kind of medical conditions and history are we comfortable (family medical history, drug use during pregnancy, etc.)?
While more stringent or specific preferences may lengthen your wait time, it is important to not enter into an adoption situation that you are not completely comfortable with.
Concerned Adoption Won’t Fulfill Your Dreams of Parenthood?
Adoption may be your second choice on the path to parenthood, but it doesn’t make you any less of a parent. Every year, thousands of families are created through the adoption process. The end result is the same as parenting a biological child-a lifetime of smiles and hugs, bedtime rituals, and unconditional love.