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Tips to Mentally Prepare for an Illinois Adoption

Posted on in Family Law

DuPage County family law adoption attorney

Deciding to adopt a child can be one of the most rewarding choices of your life. Adoption can change the future of the adopted child as well as yours. According to recent statistics, there are over 100,000 kids waiting to be adopted in the United States, and more than 400,000 children are in foster care. However, it is important to note that adoption requires more than just welcoming a child into your home and lots of paperwork. Below are some practical tips to help you prepare mentally for expanding your family through adoption. 

Consider the Responsibility

Make sure you are on the same page as your partner. Adopting a child can be a long and taxing process that will require much work from both of you. If one of you is having doubts, or if your heart is not in the process, then things between the two of you may become difficult and lead to arguments. Make sure adoption is something you both want before taking this monumental step.

Lay Out a Plan

Adoption is a serious endeavor that requires careful consideration. Write down a list of how long you think the entire process might take, and make a budget for the amount of money you are willing to spend on adoption. Having a basic sense of what the adoption process could entail will help you with completing the required legal steps. Always expect the unexpected, however, as a variety of issues may arise as the process moves along.

Find Resources Among Friends and Family

Going through the adoption process alone or with only your partner can be overwhelming. Reach out to friends or relatives to see if they have ever adopted a child. They can help answer any questions you might have about timelines or legal issues that may occur. Discussions with other adoptive parents will allow you to express your fears about how bringing home a child can affect family dynamics. It is helpful to compare experiences with people who can relate, especially if this is your first time adopting a child.

Contact a DuPage County Family Law Attorney

Adoption can be a long but very rewarding process. Although it can require a lot of effort and red tape, it is the beginning of a new family. If you are considering adoption, you need professional legal guidance to start the proceedings. The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C. has handled many types of adoptions, and we will carefully review the details of your case and offer proper counsel. Call our experienced Wheaton adoption lawyers today at 630-462-9500 to schedule a consultation.





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