Many people opt for adoption due to various reasons. Either, they are not able to conceive, or they want a sibling for their first child, but do not want to conceive, or simply because they want to give a little soul, a home and a family of their own. Adoption is a beautiful thing, and is always a win-win situation for both the parties.
However, both the decision and the process are not easy. You need to think about a lot of things, before you decide to adopt a child. It is preparing emotionally because this new responsibility will stay with you for the rest of your life, and you need to decide whether you and your partner are up for it.
Some of the things that you need to keep in mind, and prepare and plan before you actually start the process of adoption are as follows:
Are You Financially Ready?
This is one of the most important aspects. So, you need to decide whether your financial stability will allow you to adopt and take care of a child. This becomes more important, when you are planning to adopt a child with special needs. So, think before and take a wise decision. You might also need to think whether you are ready to undergo the tedious process of adoption at length.
Are You Emotionally Ready?
Preparing yourself emotionally is very important. If you are adopting, because you are not able to conceive or you have lost a child, then you need to be emotionally clear that you can treat the adopted child equally like yours. Or, if you already have a child, you need to think, whether you can resist yourself from being partial or how your feelings or relationships might change.
Are You Socially Ready?
Social acceptance is still an issue for adoption. Many people still are not able to accept the fact that you have an adopted child, rather than your own blood. So, are you ready to fight back socially? Or, how will you prepare your first child to accept the fact and react socially. Will you be comfortable to handle the questions and lead a stress-free life after adoption?
Will You Be Able To Sustain?
This is a long term question, like whether you will be able to show the same amount of love to the adopted child, when they grow up, or will you be able to treat your own children and adopted children the same way in the long run. Will you be able to support the adopted child for the rest of your life, both financially and emotionally?
What Happens If…?
These are more of consequential aspects. How will you handle if your adopted child questions you? Or will you be able to cope with a situation when they do not want to stay with you later? There are innumerable questions. Some have answers, and others don’t. So, prepare yourself to deal with these in case they come up in life.
Adoption is not something reversible. It is a decision that is life-altering, and has an overreaching impact. When you bring a little soul home, after deciding that it is what you want to do, you promise to love and care for him/her for the rest of their lives. So, do not regret your decision after the bundle of joy is in your arms. Think beforehand, because the little one will always come with loads of happiness and joy for you. And, you have to love them as your own child, to make this relationship full of warmth and love.