Families are literally being started every day with thousands of babies being born across the country. Unfortunately, not every couple who wants to start a family will have an easy time with the process. Infertility is something that many women (and men) experience. Many will go through a long and expensive ordeal of infertility treatments. Although often effective, there is no guarantee these treatments will result in a pregnancy. There will come a time when the couple will decide to move on. Yes, there is a grieving process associated with giving up having a biological child but there is always adoption to consider. Are you at that point? Here’s what you should think about when looking into adoption.
Relationships Can Still Be Strong and Fulfilling
There is often a concern that a mother might not be able to “love” an adoptive baby like she would love her own child. Quite often, those concerns go right out of the window the moment that a new mother holds their adoptive baby for the first time. The motherly bonds that are formed in an instant will last a lifetime. Those same bonds will grow between that new baby and the extended family. Even with other siblings, the adopted child will be loved. This is what having a family is all about. Providence Place does talk about how sometimes, especially with older children, it can be an adjustment. This is the case for all new child situations, but adoptions, especially adoptions of children who are not infants can add some complications. It’s essential to talk to your children and explain everything as best you can, and then just be understanding after that.
Adoption isn’t Always Super Expensive
There might be some worry that after spending on infertility treatments that going through the adoption process would be cost prohibitive. In truth, adoption doesn’t have to be an expensive proposition. This is especially true with fostering a child. In those cases, financial support is often provided by local governments. Adoption tax credits can help pay off any debt taken on through the process. Quest Education reports that the tax credit for an adopted child is a one-time $13,840, as reported for 2018.
It’s Powerful to Provide a Loving Home
Around the world, there are estimated to be 153 million children in need of a family. American Adoptions explains that here in the United States, nearly 400,000 children are looking for loving homes. By adopting one of these children, you are giving them a chance at a great life. It is not just the joy you’ll receive from that child. Being able to open up your home and heart to a child in need is the ultimate gift you could give them.
Starting a family is a major decision that will forever change your life. That family can come in many forms. Begin from a place of wanting to share love and you can’t go wrong.