5 Factors to Consider Before Adopting a Child

Adoption can provide families who don't have the ability to expand on their own with the option to grow. Those who choose to adopt are also giving children who may desperately need it, a good home.  Adoption can be such a wonderful thing, but are you absolutely ready for it? It's important to know what you are in store for before deciding to adopt. Our adoption lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few factors to consider before adopting a child. If you ever need legal assistance with the adoption process, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch at 573-346-7231 for a free consultation.




5 Factors to Consider When Adopting a Child


1. Do you fully understand the adoption process?

The adoption process can be quite long and require a lot of work. It is not uncommon for it to take years to complete. It is important to understand this and be prepared for it going in.

2. Does your family support your decision to adopt?

If they don't, this process can be quite difficult. That's not to say it can't be done, it's just nice to have the support of your family throughout this process, the positive environment can make all the difference.

3. Are you financially ready for this adoption?

The costs of an adoption can vary drastically, but it's possible that it could cost you thousands of dollars. Once the adoption is finalized and you are officially a parent, you need to be prepared for the normal costs of raising a child as well.


"Families don't have to match. You don't have to look like someone else to love them." - Leigh Anne Tuohy




4. Are you prepared to be fully "looked into" by the Court?

It is not uncommon for a judge to require the following:
  • Examine your work history 
  • Ask you for fingerprints
  • Run a full background check on you
  • Request financial statements
This can all be part of the adoption process. They are only looking into you for the best interest of the child.


"A hundred years from now, it will not matter what my bank was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child." - Forest E. Witcraft


5. Are you ready for this huge commitment?

Choosing to adopt a child is no short term commitment, it's for life. That child is legally your responsibility until they turn 18, and even after they are still a huge part of your life and this decision shouldn't be approached lightly.



Need an Adoption Lawyer in Camden County to Help You Get Through This Lengthy Adoption Process?


Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch has you covered. We know how overwhelming the adoption process can be, especially if you've never been through it before. Our experienced attorneys can help you through the large amounts of paperwork that are required and to know what important documents you may need to have available. We wish you the very best when applying for adoption. To get the legal help you deserve, call our Camdenton law office at 573-346-7231 for a free consultation.




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