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You want to grow your family, but are you sure you should adopt?

Many people choose to expand their family unit through various means. And as nontraditional families become more common, you might find yourself faced with the option to adopt a child.

In some cases, you might consider adopting a blood relative whose biological parents, for whatever reason, cannot raise them. Or in cases of infertility, you may opt for an open adoption with a birth mother in your community. Whatever the reason or type of adoption you consider, there are some questions you would be wise to ask yourself before moving forward with the process.

5 questions you might want to ask yourself before adopting

As you consider adopting a child, you should remember that your situation, and the story of your potential child, is unique. And others who have gone through similar experiences may lovingly try to guide your decision.

However, the best choices for your family are the ones you are comfortable with and believe will work well over the long haul. Before beginning the adoption process, you should consider:

  • Do you have a healthy motivation for adopting?
  • Are you emotionally ready to raise someone else’s child?
  • Can you handle the wait often required to finalize an adoption?
  • Do you have an open mind about all possibilities a modern adoption might entail?
  • Are you prepared for the financial obligations of the adoption, as well as the long-term expense of raising a child?

Exploring some difficult questions about yourself and your situation may be uncomfortable. However, taking the time to ensure you make the best decision for you and your family can help provide a smooth transition for your adopted child – if, and when, you welcome them into your home.

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