What you should know about adoption
If you have made the decision to expand your family, adopting a child can be one of the most compassionate and caring things that you can do. No two families are the same and for many, adoption can be both the right path forward and tremendously rewarding. However, the choice is one which should only be taken after a considerable amount of thought and planning. Below, we have put together a list of four things you should consider before you adopt a child into your home.
- Adoption can be expensive: Depending on the method that you choose, the costs for adoption can vary. In some cases, such as an international or private adoption, the process can cost tens of thousands of dollars. On the other hand, going through the foster care system can cost next to nothing in comparison. Additionally, once the adoption is complete, the annual cost of raising a child can be substantial. Be sure to have your finances in order before pursuing an adoption.
- Adoption can be traumatic: Just as the process can be stressful for parents, children can be extremely sensitive when going through an adoption. There may be a level of difficulty in every situation and parents should be on the lookout for signs of anxiety, tension, or distress. Luckily, there are numerous resources such as counseling and information centers available to parents and children.
- Your reason for adoption: It is important to closely examine your reasons for adoption. In some cases, parents may view an adoption as “saving” a child. While it is true that you can provide them with a loving, healthy, and constructive environment, it may be detrimental to the parent-child relationship if it is implied that a level of gratitude is owed. Parents may consider enrolling in pre-adoption counseling services.
- You may need to be patient: The adoption process can be complicated and prospective parents may have to endure setbacks and long waiting lists. An agreement that may have been virtually guaranteed one day, may be up in the air the next morning. This can be psychologically tough. Coping with the emotional roller coaster of an adoption can require perseverance. Seeking the help of a knowledgeable attorney can also help you to successfully navigate the adoption process.
Once you have made the choice to move forward and expand your family, securing the services of an experienced attorney from GEM Family Law can help the process to go as smoothly as possible. Whether you are pursuing a private adoption or are going through a government-run program, our lead Denver family law attorneys can help you to reach your goals. Our legal team understands the social, financial, and legal challenges you may face and can help you to prepare for what lies ahead.
Request your initial case evaluation and speak to our attorney about your family’s goals.