The Top Misconceptions About Giving a Baby Up for Adoption
Did you know that over 53,000 infants, children, and teens were adopted in 2021? Adoption is still thriving in the United States, and there are children of all ages who need loving families.
Have you ever wondered about giving a baby up for adoption? You may have heard different perspectives concerning the issue. Here are some of the most common misconceptions about the adoption process.
Giving a Baby Up For Adoption is Easy
No matter what the circumstances, it is never simple for a parent to choose adoption over keeping the child. Giving their child the chance at a better life is a selfless act of love, and it is not easy to make.
It may seem that some birth parents are nonchalant or even callous toward their children. They could be emotionally detached so they don’t have to experience as much pain thinking about their child.
In some cases, the birth parent may even decide that they want an open adoption, or reach out to connect with their child later in life.
The Adoption Process is Costly
You may have heard of costly overseas adoptions, or adoptive parents paying exorbitant fees. Although adoption can be expensive, many options can be more cost-effective.
Domestic adoption is an avenue that you can take if you want to lower your adoption bill. In addition, adoption from foster care is usually free.
If you want to use a private adoption center, shop around and know how much each option costs. Money is a major concern for most people, so don’t be shy in asking about the cost upfront.
Adoption also carries a financial incentive: The IRS offers an adoption credit to lower your tax bill. You should also check with your state to see if you can get tax write-offs or subsidies to help you financially with the process.
Adopted and Birth Children Won’t Get Along
The phrase goes, “Blood is thicker than water,” but that isn’t necessarily true. Think about how close you are to your siblings compared to your closest friends. You may not even be able to tell the difference.
As long as the adoption is handled smoothly, you shouldn’t have issues with your biological children and adopted children. Like any siblings, there will likely be conflicts and competing personalities, but you can navigate them as they arise.
You Can Only Adopt Infants
If you aren’t interested in raising a child from diapers, there are children ready for adoption in all age groups. Statistically, the older the children get, the less likely they are to be adopted. They may even age out of the foster care system with no legal parents or guardians.
Learn More About Adoption
Adoption should be a joyful process that brings together a new family. With this guide, you can successfully navigate your adoption with as little worry as possible.
Ready to get started? Heart of Adoptions is here to help. With over 20 years of expertise in the private adoption space, we can answer any questions you may have.
Contact us today if you are interested in adopting in the state of Florida.