Single Parent Adoption
Over the past couple of decades, there has been a large increase in the number of single women that have chosen to start a family. Many of them are educated and professional woman who do not have a significant other. Even without a partner, anyone can choose to make the decision to start their own family.
Even though single women have the same wants to nurture that married women do, the process will most likely be more difficult. The costs will also be harder for one person to finance than with two (depending on the career of the woman). A woman that is adopting alone must be sure she is ready for the mental, emotional, and financial responsibility of raising the child alone.
Private vs. Public
The United States offers the public process of adopting to families. Through public adoptions, families adopt children that are in the “system” or belong to the government. Many of these children are in foster care families or government funded home groups. Most of the children in this system have been placed there due to neglect or abuse.
Private adoption is done through a family within an agency. Many mothers choose to use private agencies because they have more control over the process in general. Through private adoptions, families and potential mothers can meet before confirming the decision. This way they can make sure they both are one hundred percent comfortable with what will be done in the future.
The cost of the process is a large range and depends on the family, agency, private/public, location, etc. Adopting a child can range anywhere from $8,000 to $100,000. If women choose to go through foster care, they may be able to go through the process for free. It may be less expensive to adopt a child that is of an older age.
International or Domestic?
Most women that are adopting alone believe that it is easier to go through the process of international adoption is because it is shorter and more likely to be successful. They also may have a greater chance of adopting a younger child. Woman that are not married are more likely to go for the international option because domestic birth mothers tend to prefer couples over parents without a significant other.
Next Steps and Resources
If you are interested in adopting, you can reach out to your local social service agency, or agency that specializes in private adoptions. There are attorneys and lawyers who specialize in helping women adopt that may not have a significant other. There are also in person, and online, support groups for those who are having trouble coping with the process. These support groups can also offer a lot of advice to those who are considering going through the adoption process.
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