Before you adopt, here are ten questions to consider:
- Have you resolved infertility issues and come to peace with building your family through adoption?
- Can you accept that adopting the child meant for you can happen quickly or take as long as several years?
- Do you have confidence in your adoption plan and will you project this to others around you?
- Can you afford the cost of adopting?
- Can you afford the cost of raising a child?
- Can you cope with filling out a ream of paperwork?
- Will your other children and your relatives love a child who is not biologically yours?
- Are you prepared, if you choose open adoption, to keep in touch with the birth mother of your child?
- Will you be honest and never secretive about how your child came to your family?
- Will you, for a lifetime, raise, love, nurture and support a child conceived in your heart, and not your body?
If you’ve answered yes to these questions, your chances of success are much greater. Congratulations! If you are still struggling with a few questions, don’t give up; keep learning.
This information was excerpted from a book written by Lifetime Founder Mardie Caldwell, Adoption: Your Step-by-Step Guide. To learn more about how you can adopt a baby or child, please give Lifetime Adoption a call: (530) 432-7373 or visit www.LifetimeAdoption.com.