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Older Adoptive Parents

Older adoptive parents - those in their mid-forties or older considering building their families through adoption - are increasing in numbers daily. Are you considering adopting a child as an older parent? You can adopt a child as an older parent and do an amazing job, but there are some things to think about as you consider adoption.

You Might Not Get a Baby

Nothing is impossible, and many older adoptive parents do adopt a baby, but keep in mind, that many countries have a maximum age limit for adopting a baby. If you are a prospective parent in your late forties or early fifties, you may have to pursue adopting an older child instead of an infant or toddler.

What's Your Energy Level?

Just because you're in your fifties doesn't mean you aren't up to the task of parenting a child. I'm in far better shape now than I was in my twenties. If you're the same way, you won't have any trouble chasing a toddler around the house.

But, if you get exhausted easily and aren't ready for the sleepless nights that tend to go along with adopting a smaller child, you may consider adopting an older child - or not adopting at all.

How Set in Your Ways Are You?

Do you hate having your routine thrown off? Do you dread having to give up that lazy Sunday afternoon, when you get to lay on the sofa and read the paper until two in the afternoon? Raising any child requires flexibility and the willingness to occasionally give up your own desires for the sake of your child.

The Positives

And while there are challenges to adopting as an older parent, there are lots of positive aspects to being an older parent as well. Children can make you feel decades younger. Plus, you don't corner the market on fatigue as an older adoptive parent. When talking to much younger moms, I discovered they were just as exhausted as I was.

Older adoptive parents are far wiser and more comfortable in their own skins. They are in a better place financially and have far more patience and understanding than their younger counterparts.

The Downsides

And what are the downsides of adopting as an older parent? You may be taking care of elderly parents while also caring for your adopted children, or worse still, you may not be able to see your child grow to adulthood.

My children have adult cousins and only one living grandfather. If you adopt at an older age, your children may have no grandparents at all.

While these factors alone shouldn't of themselves deter you from adopting, they are factors to take into consideration should you consider adopting at an older age.
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