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Will I Love an Adopted Child as Much as a Biological Child?

It's a More Common Question Than You Might Think

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.

While it may be difficult for you to imagine, you will absolutely love your future adopted son or daughter just as much as you would a biological child.

The answer is in attachment and bonding.

Every time you feed, change, bathe, hold, hug and kiss your baby, you and your baby are bonding and developing attachment. This bond you form has nothing to do with whether the child is biological or adopted; it has everything to do with the experiences you share together. The same is true with your spouse, in-laws, pets, friends, and anyone else in your life whom you love dearly but don’t share a blood relation with.

So, while this question is a very common and natural concern, ask any adoptive family about how they feel about their children and you will hear a unanimous response.

If this concern is keeping you from pursuing adoption, call 1-800-ADOPTION to speak with one of our Adoption Specialists who can connect you with adoptive families who also felt this way, or click the following to receive free adoption information about this topic.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do we need to retain our own attorney?

No, American Adoptions has established relationships with some of the best adoption attorneys in the nation. Because adoption laws vary from state to state and between counties, it is important to utilize the services of an adoption attorney who specializes in the state where the adoption will finalize, which is unknown until you match with an expectant mother. You have the right to retain your own attorney, but doing so may be an additional, unnecessary expense.

Can we choose the gender of our baby?

American Adoptions accepts a limited number of families into our gender-specific program. Please contact us at 1-800-ADOPTION to learn whether we are currently accepting families into this program. With this option, families pay an additional Gender-Specific Fee to help our agency locate and work with birth mothers meeting this additional criterion. This fee is in addition to other program fees and covers additional advertising. The fee is not considered part of your adoption budget. Please note that gender specificity will likely increase your wait time significantly.

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