Adopting a child is an amazing and life changing experience. Whether it’s because you can’t have children yourself, or you just want to give a child a happy and stable life, adoption is definitely one of the most important decisions that you will ever make.
It’s important that children are placed with loving families that are able to look after their individual needs. Because of this, it’s often a long and complicated process. For those who are serious about adoption, you can expect the whole process to take anything from 6 months – to a couple of years.
There are lots of things to consider before making the decision to adopt – here are some things that you should keep in mind.
Do You Match The Criteria?
You must be 21 or above to adopt a child in the UK – there is no legal upper limit. Your marital status isn’t important; you can be single, married, in a civil partnership or an unmarried couple. You must also have a fixed and permanent home in the UK – and have lived in the UK for at least a year before starting the adoption process.
It also doesn’t matter if you have children or don’t. However, if you do have children, it’s important to consider the thoughts and needs of them before making any final decisions.
Your finances will also be taking into the consideration process – you need to be able to provide for the child.
Are You Both Adoption Ready?
Are you adopting as a couple? If so – is it something that you both have discussed in detail? Choosing to adopt is wonderful but it’s also life changing. Therefore you need to make sure that everyone in your life is on the same page. Ask your partner to tell you the truth and not just what they think you want to hear – you don’t want to get half way through the process and realise that they aren’t as ready as you first suspected.
Are You Prepared For The Lifestyle Change?
Adopting, just like having a child naturally, is something that will change your life completely. You will need to make sacrifices in order to care for the child as best as you can. Are you ready for your lifestyle to change? You will be agreeing to care for your child’s emotional and physical needs on a daily basis – they will come first before anything else.
Adoption is massive decision that also requires a lot of legal work. It’s best to speak to a professional to find whether it’s the right path for you to make.
Our specialist adoption solicitors in North London will be more than happy to speak to you in further detail about adoption and the process that it involves. They have extensive experience in a number of different cases and will be able to give you the best possible advice on your options.
Just give us a call on 020 8534 8008 and we will be happy to arrange an appointment.