Deciding Whether You Are Ready To Adopt
Becoming a parent is one of life’s most rewarding, yet challenging, adventures. Unfortunately, there are parents who, for one reason or another, are simply unable to fulfill their responsibilities. As a result, children of all ages are left sitting in foster homes and group care, waiting for someone to provide the home they need.
Adopting a child is one of the most loving and selfless acts a person or couple can undertake, but it is a huge responsibility. If you have been considering adoption as a path to parenthood, the following provides some basic information on where to begin, as well as questions to ask yourself to determine if you ready.
Adoption in Florida
According to the Florida Department of Children and Families, there are currently over 800 children in the Sunshine State ready and waiting to be adopted by a loving family. Infants and babies are often among the most sought after and generally involve the longest waiting times, while teenagers, sibling groups, and special needs children are those most likely to have lingered in temporary shelter, and to require extra love and patience to heal from their experiences.
If you are considering adoption, the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) advises that your first step should be to do some reading and research on the subject, familiarizing yourself with the various options available, as well as the impact your family is likely to experience. Resources can be found online or at your local library, as well as through community groups and state adoption agencies.
Am I Ready To Adopt?
Once you are familiar with some of the challenges adoptive families face, the NACAC advises a self-assessment to determine your readiness. You do not need to be perfect to adopt a child, nor is it necessary to be young, wealthy, or even married. The most important qualification is the willingness to make a lifelong commitment, and to do your best at dealing with challenges that arise. Questions to ask yourself include the following:
- Do I genuinely love children, and look forward to being a parent?
- Do I believe in adoption, and understand the challenges I will likely face?
- Can I put problems in their proper perspective?
- Can I accept differences without judgement and without trying to conform others to my values or beliefs?
- Do I have the determination to set rules and limits, and to be consistent in enforcing them?
- Can I accept that building trust takes time, and that me and my adoptive child may not immediately bond?
- Am I willing to modify my ideas about parenting as needed?
- Am I willing to make changes in my lifestyle to accommodate my adoptive child?
Our Florida Adoption Attorneys Can Help You Today
If you are considering adoption, contact Hancock & Associates, P.A. today. Our Florida attorney is a trusted resource for guidance and information to help decide if adoption is right for you. We have the experience you need in going through what can be a confusing process, and can help you determine the best course of action for your family. We have offices in Orlando and Tampa; call or contact our office online to set up a meeting with one of our attorneys. Same day consultations are available.