Posted on: 6 April 2017Share
When you and your spouse decide that you'd like to adopt a child, the process can be highly exciting. You may be thinking forward to turning a spare bedroom into a room for the child, but you'll first need to show yourselves to be qualified candidates. Adoption agencies put would-be adoptive parents through a lengthy process to ensure that only those who are qualified are paired with children. It's important for you to understand that you'll be asked a series of questions that may seem personal, but you shouldn't take offense. By satisfactorily answering questions about the following topics, you'll be well on your way to adopting a child.
You'll need to provide details about your financial situation to get approved to adopt a child. The adoption agency wants to pair its children with parents who are financially stable, so you'll need to provide documentation that paints a picture of your financial health. Income tax statements, payroll information from your employer, and other similar documentation will show the adoption agency how much you make and how much you owe, which can reveal that you are indeed in a financial position to care for your newly adopted child.
Just as it's important to have a high degree of financial security when you adopt a child, you'll also need to have a stable living environment. You'll be asked to describe where you live, which includes a breakdown of your home as well as where it's situated within the city. Additionally, you can also expect a representative of the adoption agency to schedule a visit to your home to confirm what you've said, as well as take an overall assessment of the size and condition of your home to ensure it's suitable for a new child.
Reasons For Adoption
Don't be surprised if you're also asked why you want to adopt a child. It's a good idea to speak with your spouse in advance of beginning the adoption process to ensure that you have a valid reason for doing so. For example, perhaps you've had trouble conceiving together and you still want a child. The adoption agency's representative will carefully assess your answer to ensure that it's valid. For example, some people may want to adopt to "keep up" with their friends who are going through the process, but this may not be a good reason to do so, and the adoption agency may decline such a reason.