After the turmoil of divorce, you’re ready for a fresh start — and a new definition of family. Depending on your financial situation and your current home life, adoption could be a viable means of accomplishing both goals. This path is not without risk, however. Given the weight of this decision, it is absolutely imperative that you examine your options in detail. Read on for insight into the challenges you might face if you adopt a child after divorce:


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As an adoptive parent, you could make a positive difference in the life of a child who desperately needs your love and care. Options abound; you can adopt domestically or internationally through an agency. You can adopt your new spouse’s child or get involved with Minnesota’s foster program. No matter which avenue you pursue, you’ll need to abide by local legislation. Not sure where to start? We offer a first look at the Minnesota adoption process below:


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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:   


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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.


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In Minnesota, even singles can adopt. If you meet the state’s requirements and pass a home study, you can be the proud parent of an adopted child. Being single, however, doesn’t mean you are in it alone. There are valuable resources for single parents online and in local communities all across the state. Here are a few to keep in mind…
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Adoption is a fantastic option for prospective parents looking to start a family or invite another child into their existing family. Unfortunately, the adoption process can be both lengthy and expensive, particularly if the adopted child has significant physical or mental health problems. Providing the best possible medical care for your adopted child is crucial. These five tips will help you deal with this huge responsibility:
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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.


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