Adoption is a significant commitment and an emotional process, but it is also extremely rewarding. It’s often costly and the legal process can be time-consuming, but the end effect will be well worth the effort.

Adopting a child will transform your life, regardless of your age or marital situation.

You might be wondering what it’s like to be a parent to someone else’s child. If you’re thinking about adoption, here are five things you should know:

1. Do your research about agencies and foster care providers

Adopting a child is a process you must carefully consider and not rush into. Do your research about the agencies and foster care providers around you before settling for one.

2. Talk with friends who have adopted

You may be surprised at what you will learn by talking to parents who have adopted or who are currently using an agency for support and advice. They’ll tell you about their experiences, and you’ll be able to learn a lot from them.

3. Learn how much it will cost.

Adopting a newborn is normally more expensive than adopting an older kid or an adolescent, but the cost varies greatly based on where you reside and the services provided by your adoption agency. Adoptions can range in price from $15,000 to $100,000 and up. Depending on your income and family size, you may be eligible for financial aid. Also, keep in mind that there is no such thing as free money; most state agencies demand adoption fees to be repaid over time (or in cash).

4. You will need a suitable place to stay with your adopted child

Before adopting a child, ask yourself questions like, where will you live? Will you be able to provide a home for your child? You should also look for a suitable environment where your child will have access to quality daycare and education.

5. You need to have time to spend with your adopted child

Before adopting a child you need to be sure that the nature of your job won’t prevent you from spending quality time with your child.

Before deciding to adopt, it’s critical to understand what you’re getting yourself into, particularly legally. At Graff & Associates, LLC, we recognize that each case is different, and we tailor our strategy accordingly. Call us today to schedule your free consultation!