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Things to Consider Before You Adopt


An adoption can often be one of those classic “win-win” situations. A child in need gets a good home and individuals/couples who might not otherwise have the chance get to experience the joys of parenthood. But there’s a lot more to an adoption. If you’re looking to build a family through adoption, here are some things to consider before you start the process.

  • A child won’t help a troubled marriage—Don’t make the classic mistake of thinking that you just need a child to make your marriage work. In fact, a child will often make things more difficult. If you haven’t been able to agree on basic issues in your marriage, think of all the new decisions you’ll have to make—who will get up with the child in the middle of the night, who will work and who will stay home, who’s the best person to provide daycare, what’s the best way to discipline the child. You need to have a healthy relationship with each other before you can bring in a child.
  • Be prepared to learn—There are lots of "how-to" manuals for parenting, but every child is unique, so you’ll have to be flexible and learn what works and what doesn’t. There is much good information available, though, including parenting classes for adoptive parents.
  • Be prepared for a lot of questions—You’ll get questions from every direction, from friends and family and, ultimately, from your child. Well-meaning friends may ask questions about the cost of the process, about who the biological parents were or other sensitive issues. Your child will, at some point, come to understand that he or she is different from you. Everyone benefits if you talk about the adoption as early as possible.

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At the office of Linda Stewart Law, PLLC, in Baytown, we bring more than 8 years of experience to clients in south Texas. To learn how we can help, call our office at 281-420-8020 or contact us online. We offer an initial consultation at a reduced fee of $50. We accept credit cards and will set up a payment plan, if appropriate. Our offices are open Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and until noon on Fridays. Evening and weekend appointments can be arranged upon request.

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