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
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.
Questions about Adoption? Call (303) 578-3940
Once you have made the choice to move forward and expand your family, securing
the services of an experienced attorney from the Moodie Law Firm 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 attorney 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.