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Are You Ready to Adopt? Ask Yourself These 10 Questions

are you ready to adopt? here are 10 questions to ask!Are you truly ready to adopt? Before you contact any adoption professionals, really think about what your deepest wishes are for your family and for the child you hope to adopt.

Honesty is important because it’s your adoption professional’s task to understand your motivations so that they can effectively help you from the start. Your professional will then narrow down the preferences and relevant adoption situations and help you plan your adoption.

How do you know if you’re really ready to adopt a baby?

Here are 10 simple questions to ask yourself:

1. Why do you want to adopt?

2. How serious are you about adoption right now?

3. What is your ideal adoption situation?

4. Does your spouse want to adopt too?

5. Have you thought about how becoming a parent will change your life and are you willing to accept this responsibility?

6. Are you financially, socially and emotionally ready to adopt?

7. Will you love a child who comes into your family through adoption as much as you would a biological child?

8. If your child’s birth mother asked for photos, letters, and updates, would you honor her request?

9. Do you think you’d be a good parent, and why? If the answer is “no,” are you open to seeking assistance?

10. Do you and your spouse have the patience and time that’s needed to care for a child?

Don’t be offended when an adoption professional asks you investigative questions about your reasons for seeking adoption. They’re not trying to be nosey; they’re trying to help you find the best situation with as little time and stress as possible.

Plenty of preparation needs to be done for an adoption to be a success, and thoroughly understanding your needs is a large part of that. So, let your adoption professional help you, and you’ll be on your way to creating the family you have been dreaming of for a lifetime!

Are You Ready for Infant Adoption in 2017?

Ross and Carol were blessed through an infant adoption this past year!Adopting a child is a lifelong commitment. But at times the process to adopt can also seem to take ages! If you’re well-informed and prepared for an infant adoption, you’ll succeed!

There are various ways that adoption is similar to pregnancy. Just as pregnancy has lots of hopes, expectations, uncertainties, and restrictions, so too does adoption. The more equipped you are for the adoption process, the easier it’ll be to keep hope on your dream of extending your family.

Ask yourselves, “Will we be ready to adopt when we get ‘the call’”? How would you react if you were presented with an unexpected adoption situation? As a hopeful adoptive parent, you need the ability to concentrate on the adoption process and be prepared adopt at any time.

So how do you know you’re ready for infant adoption?

To begin with, understand your reasons for adopting. Don’t choose adoption just because people say you “should.” Infertility can be a distressing experience but adoption may not always be the right solution for couples fighting infertility. Adoption can’t erase the need to have a biological child. If this is the case, couples might need to grieve the biological child they may never conceive.

Likewise, feeling lonely isn’t a good reason to begin the adoption process. It takes a lot of self-sacrifice to provide a nurturing life to a child. If your motive to adopt is simply so you aren’t alone, putting their needs ahead of your own will feel like a burden.

If your spouse isn’t sure about infant adoption, don’t start the process hoping they’ll come around. What happens if they don’t come around after the child becomes part of your family? Your commitment to your child is forever and must be equally shared.

So, your reasons to adopt shouldn’t be idealistic or selfish. Make sure that you want to adopt because you’re ready to become parents.

Once you start the adoption procedures, prepare yourselves to face financial restrictions as well as demands on your energy and time. The process to adopt will require that you make commitments and lifestyle changes in order to be successful. Also prepare yourselves to face some ‘red tape’ during the process, no matter which path to adoption you pick. You must also be prepared to give your child the love, attention, and security that they deserve.

Set aside time to talk with your spouse throughout your adoption journey. Many couples have told us that once they started, they found they opened up more than they’d expected. Every conversation you have about the future is in preparation for the day you get “the call” that a birth mother has chosen you.

When you’re fully prepared and ready to move forward, adoption will become one of the most fulfilling experiences in your life!

Are you ready to start your own journey towards infant adoption?
Take the first step today and fill out Lifetime’s free online application to adopt!

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