While the practice of adopting a child from another country has only just become somewhat mainstream in the past few years, the practice has been going on for generations as parents look to help one innocent life from outside of the United States. Before you start your journey, you should know that it is seldom easy, seldom cheap and can be fraught with more problems than you can imagine. Here are a few general tips for parents or singles looking to adopt a child from outside of the United States.
If everyone waited until they were financially secure to have kids, there would be a lot less parents out there since so many people never really reach the level of financial security they wish they could. However, if you are considering adopting a child from outside the US, especially if you are thinking about adopting a child from a third world country, you are going to need enough cash to get you through the process. The first thing you should consider doing is hiring an adoption lawyer to help walk you though the steps and let you know what to expect. Even the most straightforward and problem free adoption can be stopped, delayed or changed at the last minute and you need to have someone by your side prepared to deal with foreign governments and unscrupulous officials. Expect fees to come out of nowhere and rates to be increased right in front of you. Don’t expect others to have the same value for human life that you do.
If you’re hoping to learn a lot about the birth parents of the child you’re adopting, you will likely end up disappointed. If you’re lucky, you may learn about the birth mother at one point, but that would be the limit to any available knowledge. In most cases, the name and address of the birth father is never recorded so any chance to trace back heritage or a family tree is all but impossible. For obvious reasons, this can be tough for your adopted child to take when they are old enough to understand, so be prepared for that eventual conversation.
Probably the most important tip that experienced parents can share is that you don’t have to save the world and if you guilt yourself into feeling that way, not only are you going to be miserable but you likely won’t be able to provide the quality of life for multiple children or for a sick child that you would for one or possibly two healthy children. When you first see the photographs of the available children, it is going to be extremely tough to “pass” on a child, after all, it is a human life that you might have just doomed to misery, but try to remain positive that if you do adopt a child, you’re granting them their ultimate wish. You can’t adopt them all so try and take pride in the one you are able to help.