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Frequently asked questions about adoption

On Behalf of | Mar 16, 2023 | Family Law |

Adopting a child is rewarding, but the process is complex. Though sometimes frustrating, this is necessary to help you find a child who complements your family. At first, the process can seem overwhelming and intimidating.

It is an excellent idea to learn as much as possible about the process before you embark on the journey to parenthood. The American Academy of Pediatrics answers some of the questions you may have about adopting a child.

What types of adoption are available?

When you decide to adopt a child, you have several different options to choose from. When you work with an agency associated with the state government, it is a public adoption, while a private adoption occurs when you work with an agency that is independent of the state government. When you adopt a child who was born in the United States, it is a domestic adoption, while an international adoption occurs when you adopt a child from a foreign country.

How do you choose an adoption agency?

Choosing the type of adoption you want helps to narrow down your choices. From then, you can do your own research on each agency, using the internet as a useful tool to aid your search, and visiting your local library to find information.

How long does the process take?

Generally speaking, the process of adopting a child can take several years, during which time, you may have to undergo pre-adoptive training and undergo a home study. These help the agency match you with a child who fits into your household.

Expenses to adopt a child range from zero to approximately $50,000, depending partly on the type of adoption you choose. For example, international adoptions can cost more.

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