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Adopting Disabled Children
Learn If It's Right For You

Adopting disabled children may not be for everyone, but for those wanting to experience the joy of self-sacrifice (and yes, it can be a joy) and the love of a precious child, nothing could be better than taking one of these special children into their homes.

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What Disabilities Do They Have?

Some children have mild or severe learning disabilities or have downs syndrome. Other children have either been physically disabled from birth or became disabled through an accident or injury. Some children have mental health problems or other challenging behaviors. Some children are blind or deaf. Other children have epilepsy or cerebral palsy.

But Just Like All Kids...

They need the love and security of a family. And just like all children, they pay back that love a hundred fold. Adopting these children provides many hidden blessings!

What Does Adopting Disabled Children Take?

You don't need special skills or super-hero strength when it comes to adopting disabled children, but there are some critical things you do need:

A Strong Marriage

Any adoption (or birth) is stressful. Your routines are thrown off. You lose sleep. Some freedom is lost temporarily while you adjust to a new little person in your life. That stress is sometimes multiplied when adopting a child who is disabled. So make certain you have a strong, happy marriage before bringing one of these precious angels into your home.

A Strong Support Network

The role of caretaker is a demanding one, especially when it comes to adopting disabled children, so you will need respite care on a regular basis. Will your extended family support your decision to adopt one of these precious children? More importantly, are they willing to provide breaks from time to time? Or are your finances such that you can hire part-time help?

Think About the Long Term

Some of these children grow up and are able to lead independent or semi-independent lives. But other children will need to be cared for their entire lives. When considering adopting disabled children, also think about the long term. Childcare costs for disabled children are higher than caring for normal children, sometimes fifty percent more.

Also, you may want to homeschool your child. Can you afford to live on one income? Plus, do you have the self-discipline it takes to set aside a portion of your earnings into a separate account so your special needs child will be provided for all her life?

Other Helpful Links

Are you thinking of adopting a child with down syndrome? Down syndrome facts and fiction has lots of helpful information on caring for one of these precious angels, from a mom who's been there.

Another great resource is Reeces Rainbow, a ministry dedicated helping parents adopt children with down syndrome from overseas. They work hard to provide grants, and have assisted in the placement of hundreds of children. To learn more or to make a donation, click here.

Thinking of adopting a child with emotional problems or other challenging behaviors? Raising special kids is a helpful resource from a dad who has been there as well.

The high costs of adoption are the main reason many couples don't adopt. Don't let finances get in the way of your adoption. Learn more.

If you dream of adopting a baby, then by all means, pursue adopting an infant. Learn more about international infant adoption.

Thinking of adopting a toddler? They will need special care and attention to help them adjust to the transition from their foster home to yours. Here are some tips.

Think your child to adopt will be an older child adoption? It can be wonderful, frustrating, delightful and exasperating. Find out if you have what it takes to adopt an older child.

Many couples are intimidated at the prospect of adopting a sibling group, but the benefits of adopting these children far outweigh the hassles. Learn the benefits of the sibling group adoption.

Learn some of the pros and cons of adopting sibling groups by clicking here.

Do you feel your child to adopt might be a disabled child? There are challenges involved, but hidden blessings as well. Here are some things to consider.

Children on an international adoption waiting children list are there because agencies consider them harder to place. But one or more of these children could be the right child for you. Learn more by clicking here.

International older child adoption has its own unique set of challenges and does require patience, outside support and work. But these adoptions do typically work.

Have you ever thought about adopting a child who is HIV positive? Thanks to medical advances, these children can lead normal, productive lives and need loving parents like you. Learn more

Are you over forty and considering adoption? There are a lot of positives to being an older parent, as well as some challenges. Read more.

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