Adoption is a beautiful act of love and kindness. It does not matter if you are looking to expand or start your family, Ronnie Fishbein, Attorney at Law, can help you make a decision about adopting a child. Before you begin the process be sure to consider the following four items.
1) Your motivation
When you are deciding whether to adopt a child, it is vital that you consider your personal motivation. Be honest with yourself. Are you interested because you are unable to have children? Are you hoping a child will save a marriage? Do you want to help a child in need? Whatever the reason is, be sure that your motivation for adopting is in the best interest of the child.
2) Your financial preparedness
Adopting a child can be expensive. The cost of agency fees, counseling fees, birth mother assistance and attorney fees can add up quickly, amounting to tens of thousands of dollars. Not only do you need to take into consideration the cost of the adoption, but the United States Department of Agriculture predicts that is costs around $250,000 to raise a child until the age of 18. With all of this in mind, you will need to ensure that you have a stable income and that you have savings. Adopting a child is a serious financial matter.
3) The type of adoption you want
There are many different types of adoption to consider. First, you need to decide if you want to adopt domestically or internationally. There are also considerations such as race, gender, age and level of openness. There are also children with special needs who are free for adoption. Each adoption choice comes with its own challenges. Be sure to consider each option and understand the challenges and joys that will follow.
4) Your support network
Raising a child is difficult. Raising an adoptive child has its own set of challenges. You need to make sure that you have a strong support system in place. There will come times when you feel overwhelmed and you will need to rely on help from a spouse, extended family, and close friends.
If you are seriously considering adoption, contact Ronnie Fishbein, Attorney at Law, today! We can help you navigate the adoption process.