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Things to Consider

Questions to Ask Yourself

Thinking about adoption is the beginning of the process. Below is a list of questions to help prepare yourself.

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  • Do I want to adopt a boy or girl?
  • What age of child am I looking for?
  • Am I interested in adopting a sibling group?
  • Would I consider adopting a sibling group in order to get the age of child I am interested in?
  • Would I be willing to have on-going contact (open communication) with a child's birth parents?
  • Could I parent a child who may have been sexually abused, physically abused and/or neglected?
  • Could I parent a child that has an on-going medical issue, may be developmentally delayed, or diagnosed with a developmental disability?
  • Could I parent a child who may have been exposed to drugs and alcohol in utero?
  • Does the ethnicity of the child I adopt matter?
  • How does my extended family feel about adoption?
  • If I did adopt a child of a different ethnicity than myself how would my family feel?
  • How am I going to handle adoption-related questions that my child may ask?