Not all families will welcome their new additions the same way. Pregnancy is not the only way to add a new bundle of joy to your family. Many families go down a different road, they adopt. There are many reasons why a couple would choose adoption. For many couples infertility problems plague their tries to get pregnant and after all other options are exhausted adoption becomes their only hope of becoming parents. For others it is a choice they make simply on a personal basis. There are many children out there that need loving homes and loving families, through adoption they are able to find just that. Many people opt for adoption because they see that need and know they can help.
The road to adoption can be a very confusing one. There are many options to choose from, tons of paperwork to fill out, and a lot of uncertainty to deal with. It is important to educate yourself about the various options out there and be sure you know what you are getting into. There are many avenues you can go down when it comes to adoption depending on your needs and wishes.
- Domestic adoption of an infant: This can be the most trying and difficult form of adoption. There are many rules and laws that govern adoption and they vary by state, province or country. Be sure you are aware of the laws in your area, or if you are adopting a child from another state or province what those laws are, and which laws would take precedent. Here are a few websites you may find helpful in your search for information on domestic adoptions.
- Domestic adoption of an older child: Often a foster to adoption situation occurs with older children. Where a child is in a home on a foster care basis and ends up being adopted by the foster parents. There are many children in foster care looking for loving homes and families. Adoption of an older child is often less complicated than adoption of an infant. Of course, remember these children have been through a lot in their short lives and may require extra care. Here a few websites you might find helpful in your search for information on this form of adoption.
- International Adoptions: This form of adoption is growing in popularity. In an international adoption the parents adopt a child from another country, for example China or Russia. An international adoption involves a lot of time and paperwork, but is often considered easier by many families than domestic adoption. With an international adoption you can opt for a baby or an older child just like with domestic adoptions. Due to the matching process and the paperwork involved even when opting for an infant families often get babies that are several months old or more. There are many agencies that cater to this form of adoption and offer support networks in which you can talk with other families who are going through the same process. Here are a few websites you might find helpful in your search for more information on International adoptions.
Welcoming a new child into your family through adoption can be very rewarding. A lot of time, energy, and love go into the process and the reward at the end will be both wonderful and very much worth all the effort. If adoption is the road you are on good for you, and good luck.
I invite you to share your adoption success stories, and any tips you may have that will help others who are trying to adopt.