Adoption is a large system with many benefits, as well as many challenges. There are currently over 400,000 American children in foster care that are looking to be adopted. With a little over 100,000 children adopted each year, this number of children in need is slowly climbing. Adoption has many benefits, both for the child and for the adopter. Once adopted, the child will be able to be part of a family and have parents to look up to. He or she will hopefully be loved, looked after, and given incredible opportunities in a new home. For the adopter, the fact of having a child to call your own is the largest benefit there is. Whether a first-time parent or a parent of five, adopting a child is extremely rewarding. Not only is the adopter saving a child from an orphanage or the foster care system, but they are gaining a child to look after and call their own. Of course, like any family, there are going to be challenges and bumps in the road; however, it is extremely important to remember just how lucky each person is in this process. There is a heartbreaking number of children who need to be adopted, many of which who do not deserve to be in this position in the first place. By adopting a child, you are impacting someone’s life in the best way possible.
Before adopting a child, it is important to remember just how much it takes to go through this process, as well as to be a parent. The adoption process involves extensive research and learning, and is extremely rewarding to both parties involved. Often when people are looking to adopt, they are unsure of where to start. The first step in the adoption process is to educate yourself. Having a child is a big responsibility, and adoption adds its own challenges. It is crucial that someone interested in adopting does a lot of research before deciding that adoption is the right decision for him or her. Following research, one should contact an agency. This allows the future adopter to get information and learn about what adopting in his or her state is like. Attending an orientation meeting furthers the adoption process by allowing more information to be conveyed to future adopters. After this, the future parent(s) can start to meet children and hopefully form connections that will last a lifetime.
Unfortunately, the adoption system can be very expensive. These expenses include adoption fees, legal and court fees, and transfer costs, as well as miscellaneous fees such as travel expenses. These lead to mainly wealthy parents adopting children, with parents with lower income having little to no chance. These low-income parents can turn out to be excellent parents, and that should not be missed out on simply due to the expensive cost of the system. However, there are ways in which adoption can be made less expensive. First, all information and seminars/orientations regarding adoption should be free of charge. If a person or family is seriously interested in adopting a child and changing someone’s life, they should be able to learn more about it without having to pay. Second, financial assistance is offered on a case-by-case basis in regard to adoption. By researching these assistance programs and applying for whatever is necessary, costs can significantly decrease.
Overall, the benefits of adoption heavily outweigh the negatives. Adoption is a need all around the world, with international adoption being important as well. However, there are so many American children that need our help every single day. Adoption, although expensive, is something that people should always consider when wanting to start or extend their family. There are many ways for costs to be reduced, and it should not scare potential good parents away. Adoption is extremely beneficial, and is something that every future parent should look into.
This article was written by Ciara Petronzio, a future intern at the Reid Law Firm.