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7 questions to ask if you want to adopt

Thinking about adopting a child? Maybe this is your first child, the start of your family, or an addition to an already growing family.

No matter what, it is important to take your time and think clearly about what you want, why you want it and what steps you'll need to take. To help you get started, here are seven important questions to ask:

  1. Are you actually ready to take this step? Do not move forward with adoption until you're 100 percent prepared.
  2. What are your reasons and motivations? Why did you decide to adopt in the first place?
  3. Are you going to move on from other family-building plans? Maybe having a child naturally has not worked for you. Make sure you're emotionally ready to step beyond that when adopting.
  4. Do you want to do this quickly or will you wait for a child that perfectly fits your criteria?
  5. Speaking of your criteria, what are they? What type of child would you like to adopt? Consider things like age, ethnicity, national origin, gender and more.
  6. What type of support can you expect? If you're married, this starts with your spouse, but it may also include parents, siblings and close friends.
  7. Do you have the money to adopt and to provide for the child after he or she joins your family?

Once you ask all of these questions and find satisfactory answers, then it's time to move forward. Make sure you know what steps you'll need to take. Remember that the adoption process can be long and taxing. Understanding exactly what you'll need to do to reach your goal can help.

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