Many couples today are considering adoption after infertility treatments. Adoption is a positive step you can take to help you reach your goal of having a family. While many parents hope to adopt a newborn child that has similar traits as their own, there are numerous adoption options available, including adopting a foster child or even international adoption.
When choosing adoption, work with an adoption lawyer to understand the options and streamline the process. An adoption lawyer can teach you about state laws and adoption costs, and help you find other adoption resources. Working with a lawyer may be expensive, but it is worth the investment. Just make sure you understand all the fees involved in the adoption process before you hire an attorney.
The adoption process
To learn more about the adoption procedure, contact different adoption agencies and find out how their process works. Once you begin, be prepared for home visits by social workers, as well as medical exams, classes, counseling and other required procedures. Be aware that some adoption agencies may only work with couples that are married and heterosexual. Other agencies may have religious requirements of adoptive parents.
What to expect
Know that adoption costs can run high. You may be required to pay for legal fees, as well as living expenses and/or medical expenses for the birth mother of your adopted child. Still, most adoptive parents would agree, that after undergoing the stress associated with infertility, adoption is a wonderful option helping to bring a child into one’s life.