If you’re considering adoption you probably have a lot of questions about your decision and where you even begin. A good place to start is your “Why?” Why should you adopt a child? Everyone has their own views on adoption, and some reasons might sounds better than others to different people.
With all this in mind, it’s easy to see how quickly things can become confusing, but they don’t have to be. Getting help from a family lawyer can make the process as smooth and supportive as possible. Choosing to adopt a child should be a wonderful decision, and there are a few solid reasons why adoption can be agreed upon by just about everyone.
1. You want to give a child a family. Many prospective adoptive parents want to adopt in order to provide a child with a loving home and family. wants to share their home with a child and have the physical space for another child. They also have the time and the emotional space in their heart for a new family member. For many, the joy of their own privileged, loving upbringing is something they want to share with a child perhaps less fortunate than themselves.
2. Helping a child move on. For some adoptive parents their ‘why’ is to help a child heal and move on from past grief and pain. Unfortunately many children fall victims to abuse, neglect, loss or being abandoned. For some children, adoption is a means to a new life, and although this can present challenges for hopeful adoptive parents this is well worth the reward of giving a child a fresh start.
3. You want to grow your family. For some people, there is no other reason than simply wanting to grow their family. Maybe you are unable to have your own children, or you want to skip the experience of pregnancy but still want a family, or perhaps you were adopted and want to do the same for another child. Whatever the reason behind your desire, as long as it is in the child’s best interest, simply wanting to expand your family through adoption is enough to answer the “why” behind it.
4. You Know of a Child in Need: Do you know a recently orphaned child or a child who is desperately in need? Maybe their parents have health issues, addiction issues, or maybe they were abused in their homes. Children in need can come into your life in all shapes and sizes, and simply knowing of a child who needs a loving family and home can be enough to ignite a desire to adopt in your heart.
It’s important to remember that everyone’s adoption experience is different. Parents and children often come from various backgrounds, faiths and different health circumstances. However, many adoptive families find that once they bring a child into their home, their lives are significantly changed for the better. It is not just the child who can benefit from the adoption experience, but the prospective parents too.