Choosing to adopt a child can be one of the most rewarding experiences of a person’s life. It is estimated that about 135,000 children are placed with adoptive families every year. Some families adopt infants while others adopt older children. Many adoptions are domestic and others are international. Parents choose to adopt for many reasons. Some couples cannot have children of their own due to fertility issues. Others are older and can no longer have children biologically. Same-sex couples often look to adoption to complete their family. Some single people choose to adopt a child rather than waiting to find a suitable partner with whom they can have children. In short, people adopt because they believe it is simply the right thing to do for themselves and their family. Regardless of the reason, adopting a child into a loving “forever” home is one of the most selfless things anyone can do.
Deciding to adopt is a major decision and only those individuals or couples considering it can know if it is right for them or not. Many who do end up adopting cite similar reasons for their choice, including:
- 1. You are giving a child the most precious gift possible: a family. Research has shown time and time again that children need devoted adults in their lives. Children must have guidance, love, and individual attention that is nearly impossible for them to get in a foster care environment. By taking in a child who does not have a family, you could be making his or her dreams of a loving home come true;
- 2. Many children are waiting to be adopted at this very moment. About 51,000 babies are put up for adoption across the country every year. Unfortunately, many must wait before being adopted. There are currently about 415,000 children living in foster homes or group homes in the United States. Foster care is meant to be a temporary solution, but it is all too permanent for thousands of children;
- Adoption may be the best financial decision for those struggling to conceive. Fertility treatments can be prohibitively expensive, and there is no guarantee that these treatments will be successful. In vitro fertilization (IFV) can cost up to $20,000 per treatment, including medication, and the procedure results in a viable embryo only about 40% of the time. The mother’s age and medical circumstances of both parents affect the success rate of fertility procedures.
Considering an Adoption?
If you are thinking about adopting a child, it is important to understand that the legal process can be long and difficult. Fortunately, an experienced Kane County family law attorney can help. Call 630-377-7770 to speak with a member of the team at Bochte, Kuzniar & Navigato, P.C. today. We can provide the guidance you need as you look to grow your family through adoption.