The decision to adopt is not one any family makes overnight, and it takes months or even years after the seed has been planted for a couple to decide to move forward with the adoption process. If you and your family have made the decision to adopt a child in Wisconsin, your brain may worry you are not ready to even when your heart tells you that you are. American Adoptions provides a few indicators you are ready to reconcile the two.
The first sign you are ready to adopt is both you and your spouse have moved on from infertility. If you are like many couples and have decided to adopt because you cannot have a child of your own, it is understandable that you need time to heal from the lack of success with fertility treatments. However, make sure both parties have properly grieved and moved on before pursuing adoption.
Another sign you are ready to adopt is you and your spouse are on the same page. You both agree on how you are going to adopt, what age and gender you wish to adopt and from which agency. Your plan should also clarify whether you plan to adopt through the Wisconsin foster care system, domestically or internationally and whether you wish to maintain contact with the birth parents and if so, how much.
Finally, you may be ready to adopt if you are financially prepared to do so. Adoption comes with a lot of upfront costs including legal fees, medical costs and travel expenses. You also need to consider the long-term costs of raising a child and ensure you are in a situation in which you can feasibly do so.
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