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Understanding your commitment with adoption

One of the most enduring decisions a California married couple could make is the decision to adopt a child. While such a decision is indeed admirable, and one that will certainly help the life of a child who will receive a loving household, it is still important to understand that the commitment to adopt a child is not one that should be taken lightly.

Before you choose to adopt, there are several questions you should ask yourself. Legally adopting and taking a child is the same thing as if you gave birth to the child. You are now responsible for all aspects of the child's well-being until the child reaches adulthood. Are you truly ready for this commitment? Consider worst case scenarios in your family. Would that have a negative impact on the child? Would you be able to adapt and make certain that the child is not harmed? Would you regret having adopted the child?

At the same time, you must still recognize that the child may wish to reach out to his or her biological parents. There are even times when, after reaching maturity, that a child may want to move back to a location near the biological parents. How would that affect you?

The adoption process is not easy. Agencies and the courts want to make certain that the new relationship will be happy and healthy for all parties involved. If you are in the process of adopting a child or are considering adoption, it might be helpful to speak with a legal professional familiar with family law to learn about the process. Working with a firm might help you through some of the hurdles that could delay or even prevent you from making your dream come true with regards to adoption a child for your family.

Source:, "Making A Lifetime Commitment To Your Adopted Child," Caroline Bailey, July 10, 2017

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