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Are you thinking about adoption? Here’s what to do first

| Feb 27, 2020 | Family Law |

Are you struggling with infertility? If it doesn’t seem likely that you’re ever going to have biological children, you may have already started to consider alternatives like adoption.

It’s okay to take this process slowly. In fact, it’s probably best if you start by doing the following:

1. Sit with your feelings

You may experience a range of emotions, including grief, anger and fear. You have to let go of one dream before you embrace the other, so talk with your spouse about all the things you’re thinking and feeling — even when it’s unpleasant.

2. Get involved with the adoption community

Experts say that it’s smart to get involved with the adoption community before you adopt. You can connect with other families and professionals who can guide you through down a path they’ve already traversed.

3. Start examining the different paths

There are all kinds of adoptions. You can go through an agency, arrange a private adoption or participate in programs. You won’t know what’s right for you until you start looking.

4. Realize that there may be heartache

The road to adoption can be somewhat difficult, so trust your instincts. If an adoption agency or professional makes everything seem like it’s a guarantee, you need to be cautious.

5. Decide how to handle intrusive questions

While this is a very personal decision, you may find that people (especially relatives) seem to think that it’s okay to ask a lot of questions or offer unsolicited opinions. Knowing how you want to handle those kinds of things can help you retain a sense of equilibrium during the process.

Your adoption process is bound to be unique. After all, no two people — or adopted children — are alike. Find out how an experienced family law attorney in North Dakota can help.

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