Single Parent AdoptionSingle parent adoption is more possible today than it has ever been, with more countries open to single parents adopting, especially single women.
While at one time, single parent adoption may have been limited to older children or children with special needs, a single parent can now adopt any type of child, from an infant to an older child to a special needs child.
Exceptional Income Not RequiredTrue, celebrities such as Madonna and Angelina Jolie adopted as single parents, but you don't need to earn a fabulous income to prove you're eligible for a single parent adoption. As long as you can adequately support yourself and a child, you can adopt.
No Longer a StigmaPlus, Lee Varon, author of Adopting on Your Own: The Complete Guide to Adoption for Single Parents points out that with so many children being raised by single parents these days, the child of a single parent adoption won't feel as stigmatized as he might have even twenty years ago.
Thinking of Pursuing a Single Parent Adoption?Just like anyone else considering adoption, be sure and examine your own motives for pursuing an adoption. Do you want to share your life with a child and feel you have a lot to offer, or are you thinking about adoption only because you are lonely? Never look to a child to meet your emotional needs because in the end, both you and your child will be horribly frustrated. You are there to meet your child's emotional needs, not the other way around.
Also, try to envision what it would be like to have a child in your life twenty four seven. No child is a perfect angel, and while you may have fantasies of what your child will be like, be aware that he'll not likely meet your expectations. He or she will be very, very human.
Flexibility RequiredDoes chaos drive you nuts? Introduce a child into your life, and your world will become crazy at times. If you're flexible and don't mind that, you'll do fine.
Think about how a child will affect your lifestyle - and trust me, he will change your life dramatically. Rick and I miss out on a lot of social events these days because of our three children. We realize this is a season in our lives, and we will have a social life again someday, but it can be a struggle sometimes. Are you willing to give up the social scene - at least on a part-time basis - for awhile?
Must Be StableHow secure are your job and your finances? Because you won't have a partner to fall back on when the hard times come, you need to be especially careful with your finances and make certain you have financial security.
And if the bottom falls out, will you have a support network to help out? Will you have access to child care? Is your family supportive of your adoption and willing to help out when needed?
Make certain you address all of these issues before pursuing adoption as a single parent.
More Helpful InformationThink you can't afford the high costs of adoption? We brought all three of our children home without going into debt, and so can you! Learn more.
Private international adoption is possible, but be aware that there are a lot of steps - and - paperwork involved. Learn more here.
Are you single and want to adopt? Many countries will still allow you to adopt even if you aren't married. Learn more.
Curious about how many parents adopted from what countries last year? These international adoption statistics will provide you with the overall picture.
You're thinking about building your family through adoption. After reading about the big adoption picture, are you still undecided whether to adopt abroad? Here are points to think about when considering Domestic versus International Adoption.
So what are the positive aspects of bringing a child home from overseas? Read here about the pros of international adoption.
But be aware that there are negative aspects of adopting internationally as well. Here are some of the cons of international adoption.
Have you ever wondered why your international adoption fee is so high? Here are some of the expenses that are part of your international adoption fee.
If you are thinking about pursuing international adoption, you want to be sure and choose the right agency. Here are some tips on choosing an international adoption agency.
Adopting a child from another country isn't always smooth sailing. There are risks involved in international adoption. Learn more here.
Have you ever wondered how international adoption began? You can read the big adoption picture on the history of international adoption here.
Nowadays, most international adoption agencies post pictures of children on the web, knowing a picture is a powerful way to connect children with families. But you should always proceed with caution before looking at any photolisting. Learn more about it here.
If you are single and wanting to adopt, more countries will now allow you adopt a child, including a toddler, sibling group, older child or disabled child. Learn more here.
Pursuing an international adoption without the help of an adoption agency is not only possible, but a great way to save thousands of dollars and keep you in control of your international adoption. Learn more.
Why can't these children be adopted in their own countries? The answer usually has to do with culture and pressures from society. Read more.
The Hague Treaty has been in effect for a few years now, so how has it impacted international adoption? Read more
International adoption can be one of the greatest things that can happen to you, but if you fall into the hands of an unscrupulous agency, you adoption dreams could become a nightmare. Learn how to protect yourself by clicking here.
Many parents pursuing international adoption are asked why they don't pursue a domestic adoption instead. There are many reasons why a domestic adoption is not always possible. Read more.
The hardest part of international adoption is the long wait to bring your child home. Learn one adoptive mom's tips for enduring the wait by clicking here.
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