Adoption can be a positive and life-changing decision for any family.
For those considering it, however, the anxiety about making the right choice can be overwhelming.
There are some other factors that may not always be so obvious.
Questions like “What will it cost?” and “How long does it take?” often come to mind.
From the emotional roller coaster of the adoption process to the complex legal issues that can arise, there are many things that no one tells you about adoption.
Some Things To Know About An Adoption Journey
Adopting a child is an incredibly courageous step to take, but understanding all that goes into the process can help you be as prepared as possible.
The Emotional Roller Coaster – Bringing a child into your life through adoption is an indescribably powerful experience with its own unique highs and lows. It’s important to be prepared for the highs and lows that come with it. The process can be full of moments of joy as well as moments of frustration and heartache. Having a supportive network around you — a group of people who can help you stay grounded in reality and provide emotional support when things get tough is crucial.
The Cost of Adoption – Adoption expenses vary by state, agency, and type of adoption, anywhere from $5,000 to $40,000 or more. These expenses typically include application fees, home study fees, lawyer costs, court costs and travel expenses if needed. It’s important to do thorough research to understand all aspects of the cost associated with adoption before making any commitments.
The Process Takes Time – Adopting a child typically takes longer than most people think it will. In order for the adoptive parents to meet all of the requirements for adoption, they must go through background checks, home studies, interviews, and more. On average, the process takes anywhere from six months to two years or more depending on the type of adoption being pursued.
Your Life Becomes An Open Book – Your social worker has an unparalleled insight into your life, understanding the intricate details of finances and accounting – even down to how much money we owe on particular assets or student loans.
Adopting Across Borders – If you’re planning on adopting a child from another country, there are even more legal complications to consider. International adoptions involve additional paperwork and often require special visas or permits for both the adoptive parents and the adopted child in order for them to enter into their new home country. It’s important to work closely with an experienced international adoption lawyer throughout this process so that everything goes smoothly.
Adopting a child is an incredibly rewarding experience that brings joy into families around the world every day. By having an understanding of what lies ahead in terms of cost, timeframe and emotionality, you can prepare yourself for what lies ahead in your journey towards parenthood.
No matter what challenges lie ahead though, the gift of adopting a child into your family is worth every second!
Have questions? Need guidance on your adoption journey? Contact our office today. We are here to assist you!