Child adoption refers to the process in which soon-to-be parents may take guardianship of a child or children who was not born to them. This may refer to the adoption of a child that is your relative, a child that is available for adoption within your own state or a child that is located overseas.
Adoption can be a very confusing process for those who are considering it. Keep reading if you are looking to find out more about adoption and if it might be the right option for you.
Most legal adoptions are completed through adoption agencies. An adoption agency requires a license and must adhere to strict guidelines. Most people who adopt go through private adoption agencies. Private adoption agencies can be expensive. Public adoption agencies are run by charitable organizations or government groups. An adoption agency can help to give you the information, resources and guidance you need to make an informed choice about adoption. If you are interested in adoption you should get in contact with local adoption agencies to get more information. Individual adoptions are also an option. Individual adoptions are done under certain circumstances with the assistance of government officials or lawyers.
If you are interested in adopting keep in mind that the process may be lengthy, but of course it is worth it. The adoption process (domestic and international) can take a few years. Domestic adoptions often take upwards of a year. The time that it takes for the adoption process from beginning to completion is difficult to estimate. There are many variables that influence how long the child adoption process will take. Some of the most common factors that influence the length that the adoption process will take include:
- Background check to ensure you will be a good adoptive parent
- Finding a child that meets your criteria
- Birth parents selecting the adoptive parents
- Possibility of meeting the child a few times before the adoption is formalized
- Legal formalities involved with adoption
- International adoptive process may take longer to ensure the proper arrangements are made
If you are interested in adoption it is also important to consider the amount of money that you may have to pay to complete the process. The cost of adopting a child ranges greatly. Some adoptions may cost a few hundred dollars and others can be upwards of $30,000. There are a few main factors that influence the cost of adopting. Where you are adopting from is the greatest factor. If you are adopting from a public adoption agency you can expect to have a much more affordable adoption experience. Public adoption agencies are often run by charitable or government organizations that are working to place children in need and in foster care. You can expect to pay at most $2,500. An adoption that takes place through a private organization will generally be much more expensive than a public adoption. You can expect to pay $5,000 to $30,000 to complete a private adoption. Independent adoptions are by far the most costly. You can expect to pay anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000. The cost of an international adoption can vary greatly in price. You can expect to pay anywhere from $8,000 to $25,000.
Adoption can be a truly rewarding and fulfilling experience for you and the child. If you are interested in adoption do your research online or contact your local adoption agency for general information.