Why Adopt? [4 Reasons to Choose Adoption in California]
"In the end, all your pain and doubt will wash away the first moment your baby snuggles in your arms. It will not matter how you became parents — it will only matter that you did." —Scott, American Adoptions Founder and adoptee
Infertility can be devastating. There is no timeframe for how long it takes hopeful parents to recover. But, when the time of healing comes, many turn toward other methods of starting a family, such as:
In vitro fertilization (IVF)
Domestic infant adoption
Foster care adoption
They may realize that their real dream is to become parents and that raising a child is what’s important; whether that is through pregnancy or adoption shouldn’t matter.
This guide will walk you through four reasons why adoption in California is the best way to start, grow or complete your family.
If you have more specific questions about the reasons to adopt a child in California, then you can get more free information now when you contact us online. Many of our staff members are adoptees, adoptive parents or birth mothers themselves. We’ll use our firsthand knowledge to ensure your adoption journey is as stress-free as can be.
1. You Have Moved on from Infertility [Why Adoption in California is Right for You]
People grieve and handle difficult situations differently, including infertility. So, it’s common to have one spouse feel uncertain about the next steps while the other is ready to adopt.
With this in mind, everyone should allow their partner to move through the grieving process at their own pace. No one should feel pressured into pursuing adoption simply because their partner is ready. If you ask yourself, “Am I ready to adopt?” and the answer is no, then let your spouse know. Be honest, and talk about what you feel is best.
Hopeful parents who struggle to move on from infertility should see an infertility or family counselor. It is essential to follow through with this option before beginning the adoption process. These things take time.
To have a successful adoption, everyone involved must fully embrace the decision. An adopted child deserves just as much love and excitement as a biological child.
“My parents adopted me because they did not want to miss out on the joy only a child can provide,” Scott said. “Every day I realize how important I am to my parents. The fact that I was adopted doesn’t matter.”
2. You Are Financially Prepared for Adoption
As mentioned above, there are several ways to build a family, and there are many reasons to consider adoption in California, whether you want to:
Adopt domestically, internationally or through foster care
Adopt a baby of a particular gender
Adopt a newborn or an older child
Adopt a baby of a particular race
You should carefully research all your options and compare those costs to your budget. This will help you determine if your family is financially ready to pursue adoption.
Raising children is expensive. But, the higher expenses are to ensure that you can provide the child with a safe and stable home.
Speaking with an adoption specialist will help you better understand certain aspects of your adoption plan, such as the finances.
3. You Want to Give a Child a Loving Home
Whether you have chosen to adopt domestically, internationally or from the foster system, prospective adoptive parents recognize that many children don’t have the safe, loving and supportive home environments they need.
This is one of many reasons why people adopt children in California. Knowing that they can be the family a child needs, prospective adoptive parents decide to pursue the adoption process.
Like many adoptive parents, Adrian and Vicki experienced infertility when they first tried to have a child. Faced with the recommendation of using an egg donor, the couple decided that adoption would be better than having a child genetically related to only one of them.
“We were thinking there were so many children that need good homes, so let’s just adopt,” Vicki said. “The whole infertility stuff was just very overwhelming. We just thought that adoption would be the best choice.”
4. You Want to Help Children without Permanent Homes
There are nearly 424,000 children in foster care in the United States.
In California, more than 55,000 children are in the foster care system. Though the majority will return home to live with their family at some point, about 2,000 children are awaiting adoption every day.
These children have usually been through traumatic events in their lives and are in desperate need of a supportive family and a permanent home. For some hopeful parents, this is one of many reasons to adopt.
No matter the age of the child you adopt, they now have a family that they didn’t have before. You could be that family for them.
Adoption is a rewarding and fulfilling experience for everyone involved. When you make this loving and selfless choice to provide a child with the best life possible, American Adoptions can help.
Do you have more questions about the reasons to adopt a child in California? Get free adoption information now when you contact us online. We would be more than happy to help you out.
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