When New York parents decide to adopt, they must go through the entire adoption process. This may cost an unexpected amount for some. For others, they may not expect the amount of time the process takes. You should always be sure that you are ready to adopt before making this choice.
Adoption Network discusses how to determine if you are ready to adopt. The first thing to do is make sure you are viable to adopt. Each state and country has its own laws about adoption. According to these laws, suitable adopting parents get the chance to adopt a child. State laws remove some people from this consideration at the start. For example, you may not be eligible to adopt if:
- You have a medical condition or physical or mental disability. This makes it difficult for you to care for another party
- You do not have the finances necessary to raise a child
- You have a criminal history involving felonies or certain misdemeanors
- The court determines that you do not have good moral character
You should also prepare for the adoption process itself. Domestic adoption can take a year or more to complete. International adoption often takes several years. It takes up to six years in some cases. Adoptions are not inexpensive, either. Domestic adoptions have the potential to cost from $10,000 up to $50,000. International adoptions can cost between $20,000 and $50,000.
These stringent requirements seem daunting to many prospective parents. If you are considering adopting but the requirements concern you, do not give up hope. You may want to speak to an adoption attorney who can explain more.