Opting for child adoption is one of the most valuable and crucial decisions of one’s life. But the adoption procedure in the US is not quite easy. The entire adoption process from scratch is long and complicated. One needs to be prepared for the financial and emotional roadblocks that will come on the way. But in the end, all the efforts one puts into this will be fulfilling. Thankfully, certain free adoption agencies can help and guide would-be parents in this regard.
Types of adoptions available in the US
Mainly there are three types of adoption procedures:
- Foster adoption – In the US there are more than 440,000 children taken care of in foster homes. Children under foster care who are legally freed are eligible for adoption. If one is looking for independent free adoption then one should contact a certified foster care center and ask them whatever queries they have in this regard.
- Domestic adoption – If a couple is looking for a newborn adoption then they will have to either consult a private adoption attorney or a certified adoption agency. However, newborn adoption is not free in the US. An agency adoption generally ranges from 20, 0000 dollars to 40,000 dollars.
- International adoption – due to the closure of international adoption programs in different countries, international adoption is currently banned in several countries. Despite this restriction, thousands of parents in the US successfully adopt kids & newborns from abroad countries. International adoption is the costliest form of adoption. It might cost up to 50,000 dollars.
It should be noted that adoption laws and requirements vary from country to country. Some countries may place restrictions based on marital status, age, or even sexual orientation. To familiarize themselves with the laws and restrictions of different countries, one needs to visit a reliable intercountry adoption center and consult with professionals.
Key points to consider before opting for child adoption
As mentioned above, child adoption is a long financial, and emotional ride. Before adoption, a couple needs to consider the following things to ensure that the journey is smooth:
Readiness among the couple
Well, parenting involves the active participation of both partners. Certain things, like the type and age of child one, want or from where the child should be adopted, should be discussed and cleared up in the very first place. Also, adoption is a lifetime emotional commitment towards the child; therefore, both spouses should be ready to adopt.
While infants or newborns are adopted through domestic adoption, older kids can usually be adopted for free from foster homes. If the couple is opting for domestic or international adoption, they need to be prepared for the financial strain. The good thing is that a couple can also apply for an adoption loan in the US.
Selecting the best attorney or agency to guide the parents throughout the process
The couple needs to have trust in the attorney or agency they select to guide them through the path of adoption.
If one is looking for free adoption, then one has to adopt through foster care. Giving a home and family to a child in foster care is the best thing one can do in life. But before opting for it, one needs to do thorough research and consult other adoptive parents as well.
The author, Dr. David K Simson is a trained radiation oncologist specializing in advanced radiation techniques such as intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT), volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) / Rapid Arc, stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT), stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). He is also experienced in interstitial, intracavitary, and intraluminal brachytherapy.