There are many people in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, who dream of having children but, unfortunately, cannot because of infertility issues. Medical procedures such as in vitro fertilization are expensive and they are often not successful. Adoption is another option; however, there are challenges during the adoption process that can hinder a person from becoming a legally adoptive parent.
Currently, more than 2 million families are in line to adopt a child. In one example, a couple, both of whom came from large families, desperately wanted to have a child. In fact, they had already started a college fund for the baby immediately after getting married even though that baby did not exist yet. After in vitro fertilization failed several times, which was expensive, they decided to adopt.
The couple dealt with background checks, home visits and paperwork, and have spent thousands of dollars over the course of years of waiting. They were very disappointed and had almost lost hope. They were close to using the college fund they had started for their future child to go on a lavish vacation when they received good news. The adoption process only took three weeks and they got a baby boy - the baby they had always wanted.
The adoption process is a way of providing a home where a child can thrive. However, adoption may require an adoptive parent to undergo parenting classes and prepare required documents. Other than that, a person must be physically and financially fit to undertake parenting responsibilities. Experts suggest different strategies when adopting a child. First, it is advisable to choose one agency rather than using multiple agencies. Second, word-of-mouth is a way to inform other people of the couple's interest in adopting a child. Finally, it is important to have patience because waiting is definitely a part of the process.
Source: Today, "Adoption challenges: It's worth it -- but it's not easy," Melissa Dahl, Nov. 5, 2013