You made it through the red tape of the adoption process and you're finally ready to welcome a child into your family. This is an exciting time, but it's also rife with unexpected challenges. Realistic expectations are key. Keep the following in mind as you adjust to life as an adoptive parent:
An unfortunate fact of foster care and adoption: many children are separated not only from their birth parents, but also from their siblings. This problem can be mitigated by parents who adopt multiple children at once, but it takes a special family to handle the added stress.
As you get excited about adoption, it's important to get informed. Unfortunately, most books, podcasts, and other resources focus on domestic adoption. Looking for targeted information on the international process and its aftermath? Add these books to your reading list:
Shows such as 16 and Pregnant, Teen Mom, and the Secret Life of the American Teenager increased our awareness of teen pregnancy. Since these programs took over TV, the teen pregnancy rate has dropped to an all-time low of 22.3 per 1,000 women aged 15-19. In Minnesota, the teen pregnancy rate dropped 69 percent between 1990 and 2015.
A 47-year-old mom with four biological children planned to work as a commercial surrogate mother in 2015. After signing with Surrogacy International, the agency placed her with an anonymous father simply called C.M in May 2015.
Since the 1980s, open adoptions have become more common, providing benefits to all parties. With a confidential, or closed, adoption, the mother releases parental rights for her child, and the adoption agency places the child with a new family. Open adoptions foster relationships between adoptive and biological parents. In turn, this allows adoptive parents more control in making medical, educational, and other life decisions for the child based on biological and heritage concerns.
Minnesota is a wonderful place to raise adopted children with special needs. Whether you need a daycare solution, a medical care solution, or specific home improvements, feel free to turn to these five local resources for assistance.