Infertility can be a very trying time for couples, who live with a collective sadness that is often difficult to discuss with even their closest family members and friends.
It is estimated that 1 in 6 couples are diagnosed with infertility every year. Many of these couples then attempt infertility treatments multiple times, wondering if this time is going to be any different than the last. Eventually, these couples must ask themselves a very honest question: "Do we want to become pregnant, or parents?"
This is not an easy decision for many couples to make. The following articles are intended to help you explore these emotions of adoption and infertility, and decide if you are indeed ready to become a mom or dad through adoption.
|A family’s decision to pursue adoption is one that rarely happens overnight.|
|When dealing with infertility, there are typically five stages of grief and loss that a couple may experience. Experiencing these emotions is normal and healthy way of transitioning from infertility toward adoption.|
|One of the most difficult parts of transitioning from having a child biologically to adoption is that many people wonder if they will love an adopted child as much as a biological child.|
|A couple is only truly ready for adoption when both adoptive parents have emotionally healed from their infertility. However, it is not uncommon for one spouse to be ready while the other spouse is still struggling with adoption.|
|Standing face to face with the reality of infertility is among the most trying times a couple may ever experience together.|
|When moving from infertility to adoption, a couple’s first question is often whether they want to adopt a baby or an older child.|
|The advantages of adoption are endless. Whether it’s giving an infertile couple the joy of parenting, helping the birth mother continue her education or providing a child with countless opportunities in life, the advantages of adoption are everywhere you look.|
|“Without my son, I wouldn’t be where I am. I probably wouldn’t even be here today if it wasn’t for adoption.& rdquo; ...|
Learn what a home study is and why you need one to adopt a child.
While adoption home studies vary slightly from agency to agency and state to state, there are several key elements that are almost always included in every home study.
Find a qualified professional in your state to complete your home study.
There are several factors that determine the total cost for an adoption, including the program you choose. Variables such as medical bills, birth mother expenses and legal fees vary for each adoption. We strive to maintain affordable adoptions without cutting corners. Please see the Our Domestic Adoption Programs section for further details.
Have your heart set on a bouncing baby boy or a new little princess? American Adoptions now offers a gender-specific option for families hoping for a specific gender. With this option families would pay an additional Gender-Specific Fee to help our agency locate and work with birth mothers meeting this additional criteria. Please note that gender specificity may increase wait time. This fee is in addition to all other program fees and is not considered part of your adoption budget. Please contact us at 1-800-ADOPTION for minimum budget details.
No - American Adoptions has established relationships with some of the best adoption attorneys in the nation. It is important to note that adoption laws vary state-to-state and often even county-to-county. As such, it is important to utilize the services of an attorney that specializes in adoption in the state the adoption will finalize in, which we will not know until you are matched with an expectant mother. Retaining your own attorney at this time is not necessary and may be an additional expense to you that is not needed.
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