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What to consider before starting the adoption process

Deciding to adopt is one of the biggest decisions you can make for your growing family. But before you make the commitment, there will be many worries, questions and concerns you will have that relate to both the logistical and emotional sides of the process.

The road to adoption is a long journey, and there are many routes that you can take depending on your own unique circumstances. The following are some of the most frequently asked questions that prospective adoptive parents have in the state of Texas.

Do I need to be wealthy in order to adopt?

Many families worry that they will not be able to afford an adoption. The truth is that all children require financial funds. The adoption process itself does not need to be excessively costly, but this can depend on the route you take. For example, a foster care adoption can cost between $0 and $5,000, whereas an international adoption can cost up to $50,000.

What is the time frame of an adoption?

The different types of adoptions can take a varying amount of time. If you start by fostering a child with the expectation of eventually adopting them, you may only have to wait six weeks before the child is placed with you. However, a domestic adoption or an international adoption could take between six months and three years.

What steps should I take to make my decision?

It is important that both you and your partner are on the same page and that you discuss practical decisions as well as your expectations and concerns together. It's then important to take action to discuss beginning your adoption journey.

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