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Steer clear of these typical adoption mistakes

For couples struggling with infertility, adoption can be a very rewarding way to fulfill their dream of becoming parents. If you are considering adoption but feeling intimidated by the process, information and guidance is available to help you through. The following mistakes are common pitfalls for potential adoptive parents; learning to recognize and avoid them will get your adoption journey off to a good start.

Doing it all yourself

Attempting to handle an adoption on your own is a major mistake. Even if you think your particular situation is fool-proof, bringing in a licensed and experienced professional is always a good idea. For example, you may have a friend who is pregnant and wants you to adopt the baby. Just because you are dealing with someone you know and trust does not mean you do not need a professional. Each state has numerous laws governing adoption requirements that may or may not apply to your situation. Working with an adoption agency or a qualified attorney can help you avoid making procedural mistakes that could seriously affect the adoption.

Trusting the wrong people

When choosing an adoption agency, be sure to check its licensing and qualifications. Unfortunately, there are many shameless scammers who take advantage of prospective parents' desire to adopt. Red flags can include an unwillingness to answer specific questions or produce proof of licensing. Demanding money up front is another warning sign that you may be dealing with a scam artist.

Rushing into the process

Adoption is a very emotional issue. Couples who decide to adopt often start the process after several years of battling infertility and longing for a child. The paperwork and the procedural steps can seem insignificant beside the reality of finally being able to have that child. Nevertheless, before you start the adoption process, it is vital to fully understand everything it entails. This includes costs, paperwork and state requirements such as taking parenting classes.

Not being open to possibilities

Adoptive parents who focus too much on the specific type of child they want run the risk of waiting much longer than those who consider various possibilities. Being open to children of both genders, older children and children with imperfect health can fast-track the process for you. For example, adopting through the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services usually means adopting a child over the age of seven.

Adoption has a reputation for being expensive and complicated. Getting information and making a plan is the best way to streamline the process and avoid pitfalls. An experienced attorney can provide the guidance and support you need throughout this process.

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