Why Are Families Choosing Adoption?
Many families are choosing adoption nowadays. There are thousands of families who suffer from infertility or who have been plagued with miscarriages or life threatening illnesses that keep them from experiencing the joys of parenthood. According to the National Infertility Association (2014), 1 in 8 couples are facing infertility issues with either becoming pregnant or maintaining the pregnancy. Many families have chosen adoption as an alternative method to bringing a baby into their life. In today’s modern world, adoption is viewed as an admirable choice for both the adoptive family and the birthmother. Adoption is such a selfless and courageous decision on behalf of both the biological mother and the adoptive parents; they are both working together to cultivate a life in the best interests of the child.
Acccording to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, infertiity is a disease of the reproductive system that keeps their body from doing the most basic function, creating a baby. Most people would assume that its just an inconvenience, but it is much much more than a simple annoyance. It is unfortunate that so many families experience infertility and that it is more common than people realize. Here are some infertility statistics:
-Infertility affects approximately 6.7 million women in the U.S.
-Infertility affects both males and females equally.
-25% of infertile couples experience more than one problem with infertility.
-Ovulation issues account for 25% of female infertility problems.
-85%-90% of infertility cases can be treated medically.
-Smoking decreases fertility in men and women.
Adoption: The Home Study
If you are hoping to adopt within the United States, families must have an approved home study before being placed with a child. Once you have chosen an adoption outlet, the next step is to get your home study completed so you can start the adoption process. Obtaining a home study can be a lengthy process so it is important to be armed with information and be prepared for the home study visit.
What Is A Home Study?
A home study is an in depth look at your family and your home. Criminal background checks at the state and federal level are done along with verification of income, birth, and marriage certificates. A social worker collects these documents and also has you fill out parenting questionnaires to learn your morals and values as a family. Once all of the documentation is completed, the social worker will visit with your family in the home and will ask you questions regarding your marriage, lifestyle, hobbies, work, parenting, and family values as well as survey your house to ensure the child will be safe in your home. After the home visit, the social worker will write a lengthy pre placement report for the court stating if you are fit parents and his/or her recommendations for the child being placed in the home.
How Do I Prepare for a Home Study?
Preparing for the home study is very important and your preparation will help the process go as smoothly as possible. A few things you can do ahead of time are:
-Ensure you have working smoke alarms in the home.
-All firearms and bullets must be secured in a safe or lock box to ensure the child’s safety.
-Make sure to cover all electrical outlets with the appropriate plastic covers.
-Childproof or lock any cabinets that contain harmful chemicals to include cleaning supplies.
-All over-the-counter and prescription medicines should be in a locked container or placed out of reach of children.
-Make sure you have a designated room for the child.
-If you have a swimming pool, there must be at least a 4-foot fence around the perimeter.
Ensure your home is clean and does not contain mold, dust or any unhygienic objects.
These are just a few tips to help you through the home study process. Preparing for the home study and arming yourself with information will help ease your worries about the home study visit.
There are many ways to save money and cut down on your adoption costs. Please continue reading to see how:
The Adoption Tax Credit
As of 2014, the federal government is allowing families to claim up to $13,190 per child adopted into the home. You can claim this tax credit if you are pursuing a domestic, foster to adopt or international adoption. The adoption has to be finalized before you can claim the adoption tax credit. The adoption tax credit is a non-refundable tax credit, which means taxpayers can only get the credit reimbursed if they have federal income liability.
Employer Adoption Benefits
There are many employers out there that offer adoption assistance in the form of educational resources, financial assistance and parental leave policies. Get involved with your employer and ask questions, they may offer one or more of the benefits listed.
There are several grants available to families who are hoping to adopt such as:
Reece’s Rainbow offers grants for special needs children.
Show Hope offers grants to help families pursuing adoption.
Give1Save1 accepts donations on your behalf by promoting your adoption journey.
Gift of Adoption offers grants for families who have already started the adoption process, but still need more funding to the finalize the adoption.
Lifesong for Orphans offers grants and loans to adoptive families.
Brittany’s Hope offers grants to families adopting special needs children.
Katelyn’s Fund provides adoptive families with financial assistance.
An adoption loan is another option for families to receive financial assistance to help with adoption costs. There are organizations that offer interest free adoption loans such as ABBA Fund, which is a Christian organization that helps fund domestic and international adoptions.
Family & Friends
The people in your life who are supporting you may want to offer donations and help you through your adoption journey. You can set up a donation web page with YouCaring to create your fundraiser. You can share the fundraiser with your friends, family and Facebook page to raise money for your adoption. Many people believe in adoption and want to help.
Choosing adoption can be a lengthy and frustrating process so make sure to start the process with the best adoption outlet for you and your family. There are many factors to consider when navigating through the adoption process. In today’s modern world, more and more families are choosing virtual communication platforms such as Your Adoption Gateway to save money and to be in more control of their adoption journey.