When you are childless, you are willing to do all kinds of treatments possible for getting pregnant. But some couples are still not lucky enough to realise their dream and most of them go into depression and lead a traumatic life afterwards.
The next best option lined up for them is an adoption process where they can adopt a baby and help them enjoy the joys of motherhood. For all couples who are looking at adoption as a possible option, their first preference would be an infant who is just born or a few months old.
An infant offers the possibility of getting better adjusted with the family as he is small and still new in the world. It will also help the adoptive parents go through the joys of parenthood right from the start without having missed anything. However, adopting a newborn could be more difficult than adopting a child who is older and already placed under foster care. Here are certain things to keep in mind when you plan to adopt a newborn baby.
Time Required For Adoption
When you are planning to adopt an infant, it is always better to consider the time required for the adoption procedure to be complete. This is where things get difficult as adoption procedure always take anywhere from 6 months to 2 years and by then the infant that you chose would be well past the age of infanthood. Choose a baby accordingly so you still have a fairly newborn baby when you adopt him finally.
Adoption Referral Agencies For Infants
The adoption rules for infants are much more stringent than that of adopting an older baby. There are also very few infants that are up for adoption. The rules for adopting infants are far more strict and the procedures and background checking are very rigorous due to which many parents do not get the chance to adopt newborns but are allowed to go for children who are older.
Therefore, an adoption referral agency is a better option for adopting a newborn baby. These agencies are mostly free of charge and charge you only if you manage to find a match. However, there could be a registration fee which is normal. Referral agencies can be checked out in the internet. You may also ask around, especially the ones who have already gone through the procedure before.
Choosing A Domestic Adoption Agency For Infants
When dealing with a domestic adoption agency, the infant will be already ready for adoption as the parental rights are already surrendered. This will help parents who do not want to keep in touch with the birth parents of the infant. The birth parents are not involved in the decision and hence things get a lot better.
This is a process that will have the least amount charged on you. But this process will take longer than normal as the number of babies available through such agencies is very few. You might have to wait until you can hold a bundle of joy in your hands. Once the procedures are complete like the home study and background checks, the baby will be allowed to stay with you which will be on a trial basis. When the concerned personnel are satisfied with you as adoptive parents, the judge will take the final decision in the matter.
Choosing An Open Adoption Method
An open adoption process is the one that requires being in touch with the birth mother of the baby. The mother places a request with the agency even before the baby is born. The agency will check your background and if satisfied will give the details to the birth mother of the infant. The sole right to choose the adoptive parents of the infant rests on the mother of the infant after she checks your credentials and is satisfied.
There would be a meeting session between you and the birth mother for mutual satisfaction. Once the mother is satisfied, the agency with whom you have registered will proceed with the legalities. Here, you do not have to attend the court and the baby will be placed in the hands of the adoptive parents as soon as he is born.
This adoption process is comparatively easy but will have certain risks associated with it. The birth mother can always change her mind when the baby is born and the adoption process can be reversed. This however is still the best procedure for getting a newborn baby.
Choosing A Foreign Adoption Process
International adoptions procedures of infant babies vary from country to country. In most cases, the prospective adoptive parents are required to visit the country to finalise the procedure as the legalities are done in the country from where you are adopting the infant.
When the baby is adopted, you have to submit proof of adoption to the consulate and get the necessary passport and visa ready for the baby to be brought back along with you. The countries where international adoption is allowed are India, China, Guatemala, Russia, South Korea, Haiti Vietnam, Ukraine etc.
Cost Of Adopting An Infant
The cost of adopting an infant is one factor that puts most prospective adoptive parents in a fix. It can even be three times more than that of adopting an older child. Therefore it is always wise to be prepared with finances if you are looking for a newborn. In case of an emergency requirement for placement of a newborn, you can act quickly if the finances and the paperwork are ready.
Better To Keep Friends Informed
Sometimes keeping your friends and relatives informed that you are looking for an adoption of a newborn could get you lucky. There could be some teen pregnancy that they are aware of and might be looking for prospective parents. In such cases, the matters can be made easier and the baby can be in your hands without much delay and as soon as it is born.
All kinds of adoption have its formalities which are in no way easy. Make sure that you are well prepared to shoulder the new responsibilities that come with a newborn and are ready to wait and go through the procedure patiently.