If you are planning on adopting a child, there are many different types of adoptions for you choose from. The world has come a long way from the 1800’s when one would have to go to a local orphanage and give their requirements to the headmaster who in turn would call the children who fit the criteria down for a line-up. Back in those days you were lucky if you could find the child you were looking for. This left many children stranded in the system that would later lock them up.
Today it is very different. All around the world there are various agencies that work with their local governments to create a database of children who need a loving stable home environment to grow up in.
You can choose to go with a domestic adoption which is a similar process to that of the 1800’s, but with the advantage of choosing from children all over the country. This makes finding the child you are looking for much easier. The child’s family would also have the right in many cases to choose the adopting parents as well. What this means is that just because you found the right child, if the parents of that child do not like you, you will have to look elsewhere. This is true in the case where the parents are giving the child up for adoption.
You can go for an inter-country adoption. This type of adoption is where you adopt a child whose citizenship is different from that of their parents. This is a little more difficult adoption process as you will have to deal with multiple governments - the child’s naturalized government as well as the parent’s. It is also very important that when choosing this type of adoption that you are open culturally as the child will not be from the same culture that you have grown up in and it may be hard for the child to adjust.
You can adopt the child of a relative. This is very common today; sometimes the parents are not capable of taking care of their child and have asked an aunt, uncle or even a grandparent to help them. Since there are legal requirements with all adoptions, you may have to hire a lawyer to help with the adoption process of a relative’s child.
You can adopt through foster care services. You may choose to be a foster parent for a child. As a foster parent you are not obligated to keep the child, but to provide a home for a duration. The default situation in fostering is that you have the child for some predefined time and then you send the child back to the agency at any point where they will be available to go to another foster home later. If you decide that you want the full duty of being a parent to the child, you can adopt the child legally in most cases.
The path you choose for adopting a child is up to you. It is important to remember that there are many possible paths for you to choose from. Giving a child a stable and loving home environment that they would not have had otherwise is not only great for you as the adoptive parents, but for the children themselves. Give them a second lease on life.