WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW AND DO BEFORE YOU ADOPT A CHILD
You have decided that adoption is the way to welcome a child into your family. You probably have a lot of questions on how to start the process and what to do to prepare for the child’s arrival. The adoption process can be an emotional ride, a lengthy and complicated affair. You may face more financial and legal roadblocks than your expectations. But adoption is a deeply fulfilling journey that is worth the process. Following this guide can make the process easier for you and help you prepare for your family’s new member.
CHOOSE AN ADOPTION PATH
The first decision you need to make is deciding on the adoption path. You can adopt through a lawyer (not applicable to South Africa, approach a Social Worker that specialises in adoptions and foster care), an adoption agency, or a foster system. Each of the three options requires that you follow specific procedures or meet some requirements. Therefore, you can explore the options and choose the right one for you. Whichever the adoption path you choose, make sure you have the paperwork and that the law approves of the adoption to avoid lawsuits in the future.
THE AGE OF THE CHILD
You need to decide if you want to adopt a newborn or an older child over one year. The age of the child you desire determines how you proceed with the adoption process. If you’re living in the US for instance, you go through a domestic adoption when adopting an infant. When adopting older children, foster parents go through international adoption or foster care in America. You may also want to decide on the sex of the child you want.
GET YOUR FINANCES IN ORDER
Adoption can be costly. Therefore, you have to know how to pay for the process and take care of the child. It would be wise to save up for the process and the child’s expenses, including medical, education, and living expenses. Buy some of the essentials that the child might require, such as baby carriers, clothes, a baby cot, a stroller system, and clothes. You might also need a car and car seat for the little one. If you are considering buying a car, visit Audi A4 Dealer for a collection of cars within your budget and ones that suit your family’s needs.
TALK TO ADOPTIVE PARENTS
One of the best things you can do before adopting a child is getting educated and talking to adoptive parents. You can even join an adoptive parenting group for insights into the adoptive process and life after adoption. Many adoptive parents are often open to advice and share their experiences, making the process easier for you. Ensure that you ask questions to prepare for what you are getting into, especially emotionally.
Our Social Worker organised a get together with parents who had already adopted and waiting when we embarked on our adoption journey, so when you decide to start your adoption journey as your social worker if they organise the same. Alternatively, attempt to find an Adoption Support Group on Facebook that is linked to how the adoption process is in your respective country.
THE BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Before adopting a child, ensure that you understand their background information. Get the family and medical information through domestic adoption or agency. Usually, you get the background information of the child after entering institutional care. Some adopted kids are prone to behavioural and emotional problems, and it is essential to know. You also need to know the child’s risk factors to better prepare yourself on how to handle the new family member.
Prepare yourself and learn as much as you can before starting the adoption process. With the information provided above, you can comfortably start your adoption journey. The good news is that the process is worth it in the end.