Adoption: How much do you really want a family?
How much do you want a family? Couples and even single people that cannot conceive on their own, would you be willing to open your heart to adopting a child? Adoption is a responsibility for a lifetime. Most people have heard both good things and bad things that happen with adoption. In the end, adoption is a wonderful thing, but it is a complicated process that takes time, money and an emotional toll.
One thing that is clear about adoption is that it is a lengthy process. According to a statistic on Building Your Family: The Infertility and Adoption Guide, it can take anywhere from three months of starting to 36 months of ending (2015). The perspective adoptive parent(s) will need to decide to use an adoption agency, an attorney or your local Department of Social Services to facilitate the process. After selecting which method they want to use, the documentation process begins. Many types of documents such as references, birth and marriage certificates and many other documents will need to be collected. After your documents are in order, the next step is to decide whether you will adopt locally, from another state or internationally. No matter what route you pick, adoption takes time.
Besides time, adoption is expensive. According to statistics, the price varies depending on the type of adoption process chosen. The cost can start at $ 20,000 and up, depending on if you are adopting locally or international (The Adoption Process, 2015). People have come up with ways to pay for an adoption. Here are a few; one woman said that she bought stock in her company where she works, a couple drained their CDs account (certificate of deposit) dry. Some people ask friends, family, and strangers if they could help, by making flyers to explaining why they needed the help (The Adoption Process, 2015). What's even better is if you have a job that helps with the cost. According to Mary and Tim Gesiriech, their company...