Making the decision to adopt is one of the most important decisions a person can make in their life. This decision is unlike many other decisions because it is permanent. If you buy something and don’t like it, then you return it, or if you married and you are unhappy, you can get a divorce. There is no returning or divorcing a child, it is permanent. There are many questions you should consider when deciding whether to adopt.

Are You Ready to Adopt?

If you are considering whether you are ready to adopt, there are several questions you should consider. First, why do you want to adopt? Answering this question, can help you decide if adopting a child is right for you. Second, what do you know about adoption? Be informed, read people’s stories, and ask questions – the more you know about adoption the better off you will be. Third, will you be able to love this child like your own biological child? Some people struggle with this. Know that it does not make you a bad person, some people just can’t. Finally, do you know how much adopting a child can cost? The price can vary, but consider how much your attorney will charge you, what the agency fees are, or if the birth family will have needs.

What Kind of Adoption Do You Want?

What kind of adoption do you want , open or closed?  Consider whether you would like the birth family to stay in contact with the child or if it would bother you.

Consider what kind of child you are willing to adopt?  You should consider if you are willing to adopt a child with special needs, or a child from a different race, or an older child.  All of these questions are important to consider when deciding to adopt. Consult with an adoption attorney to make the process more enjoyable and less stressful.