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The pros and cons of adopting a child

If you’re considering adoption in Maryland, it’s important to really think it through before moving forward, and listing out some of the pros and cons can help. Below are a few things you should consider:

— You can give a child a home.

This, of course, is one of the biggest pros to adopting. You rescue a child from a situation in which he or she does not have parents and give that child a welcoming, loving home. The difference you make lasts for a lifetime.

— It is expensive.

On the other side, you do need to consider the cost. Adopting can be quite expensive, and you don’t have the benefit of using medical insurance to pay for it, like you do when you have your own child.

— It can take a long time.

Adoption is typically not a quick process. It can take months or even years. It can be taxing and frustrating, and the screening process is intense. Don’t assume you’re going to have a new child next week. The end result may be rewarding, but you need to be mentally ready for what it’s going to take.

— You can help a birth mother.

Many mothers who give their children up for adoption don’t want to do it. They just don’t feel like they have any other options. They know that they can’t have the child and provide it with the home he or she deserves. By stepping in, you’re not only helping the child, but you’re also a tremendous help to the mother.

As you weigh both sides of the equation to see what you want to do, look into all of the necessary legal steps. The more you know about the process in advance, the easier it will be.

Source: Livestrong, “Pros & Cons of Adoption,” MARK APPLEGATE, accessed Aug. 25, 2016

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