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Options for single people considering adopting a child

If you are a single person considering adopting a child, you may be concerned that you'll face an uphill battle. However, the stigma against single adoptive parents is waning -- even here in Texas. Increasingly, people are realizing that their ability to give a home to a child shouldn't depend on whether they're married.

As a single parent, however, it's essential to have a "village" to support you. This can include family, friends, day care providers and trusted neighbors who can pitch in and help care for your child in an emergency or just when the unexpected happens. Before you start looking at your adoption options, make sure that you have a "village" of people you can rely on.

There are numerous options for those seeking to adopt a child. While some private adoption agencies may have a policy against single parents, federally-funded agencies can't discriminate against unmarried prospective parents. If you're considering adopting a child from another country, you'll find that some countries (and agencies within those countries) are more amenable to single parents than others. Private adoption directly from a birth mother is another option.

It's essential to do some research on all your options, including the possibility of becoming a foster parent. That research should probably include talking to some single adoptive parents in your community. They can provide valuable insight that can help you as you consider your adoption options. Support groups can also be valuable sources of assistance, information and moral support as you raise your child.

Another valuable ally to have on your side is an experienced Texas adoption attorney. They can help ease the bumps in the road as you embark on your adoption journey, regardless of what type of adoption you choose.

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