For many families, adopting a child is a way to bring a brand new member into the family. The most common way to adopt a child is heading to an adoption agency which matches parents with children to be adopted. Several parents are also turning towards overseas adoption a la Angelina Jolie and Madonna. However, another child adoption to consider is state foster care.
There are thousands of children across the USA who are placed in foster care because their birth parents are unable to care for them. Being part of the state foster care system means these children are not guaranteed any permanent home and often move from family to family, longing for a family to call their own. Adoptive parents can adopt older children from the state foster care system. The requirements for adoption vary from state to state but below we have outlined the basic steps for a state foster care child adoption.
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While adopting older children can be a wonderful experience, it is not the same as adopting an infant and comes with its own set of challenges. It is advisable therefore, to take certain things into account before going in for older children adoption.
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When it comes to adoption, adoptive parents may choose a child whose cultural and racial background is similar to their own, or a biracial child from a different country or culture. Most adoptive parents say their hearts led them to the child, and color or race didn’t matter. The unfortunate reality however, is that we live in a society that is not always that tolerant or accepting, and parents will have to consider this before making a commitment. When it comes to interracial adoption and multicultural families, there are some issues that may crop up as the child grows, and will need to be handled with tact and sensitivity, as well as awareness. Click here to Read more
For adoptive parents, the inevitable discussion about adoption is a source of fear and worry. Telling adopted children in a family that they are not biologically related is a big step and is not always easy. Some parents find it difficult because they believe they may lose the child, or that the adoptive children will feel rejected and hurt. However, by not telling your child that he or she is adopted, you could be causing damage that will last well into adult life, and affect them in more serious ways later. Click here to Read more