There are many reasons to consider adopting a child. Perhaps you and your spouse cannot have kids naturally. Maybe you want a child but you don't want to go through the physical difficulty of pregnancy. Perhaps you're a step-parent and you're thinking of adopting your spouse's child from a previous relationship.
One thing that adoption can do for a child is to help them move forward. Children need parents. That type of natural structure in their lives can do more good for them than even many adults fully realize. This is especially true when the children have dealt with:
- Being orphaned
These things can cause a lot of pain and grief in a child's life. That's not easy to overcome, especially if they feel like they do not have anyone in their life to give them the structure, support, and love that they need.
For instance, perhaps your spouse had a previous partner who abandoned the family right after your stepchild was born. That child could feel like they were the reason that their other parent left. They may struggle with feelings of rejection and issues with self-esteem.
In a case like that, adopting your spouse's biological child may mean an incredible amount to them. It shows that you're choosing to be part of their life, that you really love them and that they are not going to have to deal with that sense of rejection for their entire life. You can change the way they see themselves and the world.
If that's something that you want to do, make sure you know what legal steps you'll have to take.