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Domestic Adoptions

Updated on October 28, 2011

Ins and Outs of Domestic Adoption

Domestic adoption can be a daunting task with so many options. Where do you begin? How do you know who to trust? The first challenge is finding a mother who is interested in placing her child with you. These children are typically of all races and both genders that come from women who are usually in their 20s or 30s. The mothers are aware of what it takes to raise a child today and realize they are not in the right place for that type of challenge. Finding a reputable agency is invaluable in this process. The good agencies see you as more than a number. They take the time to walk you through the entire process.

Many parents might not be aware of is that most adoptions are either open or semi-open in nature. This means that the birth family will have varying degrees of contact with the child. Often that contact will be administered through an intermediary. But many adoptive parents are realizing that maintaining this relationship is healthy for their child and continue contact on their own.

Now to the cost.The reality is that adoption is expensive with an average of somewhere around $30,000. The good news is that the federal government will reimburse the first $13,000 of the costs and there are lots of grants to help out with some of the other costs.

If this cost is still prohibitive for you, consider fostering to adoption. This is where you foster a child whose biological parents have terminated their rights. Laws vary from state to state as to who can accept these children, but the good news is you don't have to be rich or even own your home. What they are looking for are stable, mature, responsible adults who have lots of love to offer. Adoption along this route can range from a few thousand dollars to free! Many states even offer programs to reimburse your costs. And believe it or not, many adoption agencies will walk you through this process as well!


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