You do want to take your time and consider whether adoption is right for you before starting the process. It can be a wonderful, exciting, life-changing journey, but you need to know exactly what you want and what you expect. This is true for single individuals, couples and families.

It can be hard to decide what your best course of action is, so here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you understand the commitment? If you already have children, you probably do. Kids take time, energy, money and resources. If you have no children, be sure you’re really ready to take all of this on.
  • Do you know how adoption may be different? Adoption gives you a wonderful chance to give a child a home. But that does come with different challenges and experiences than having a biological child.
  • What drew you to adoption? Why is this a path that interests you? There are many reasons but exploring yours helps you understand where you’re coming from.
  • Will having a nonbiological child be difficult for you? This is especially important to ask if you do have other biological children already. All children deserve the same love, compassion and treatment.
  • Is it affordable? Money may feel like the last thing you’re worried about, but adoption comes with some high costs. You do need to realistically make sure that they fit your budget.

If you go through this process and decide that you do want to adopt a child, congratulations! Now it’s time to make sure you understand everything you need to know about the legal process.