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Before the adoption, there are several choices to make

There are countless children both here in California and around the world who are hoping to have a family and home to call their own. There are also many families who have chosen to enrich their lives by bringing a child into their family through adoption. Before they started the process, they likely had many points to consider.

The first of which is what age of child are they hoping to raise. There are many potential parents who may desire to start with an infant. While this is a wonderful way to begin a family, there are other families who elect to adopt an older child or even one with special needs. There is no right choice, only what feels like the best fit. Once the age of the child has been decided upon, parents will then select where to look for their child, be it a domestic adoption or an international one.

There is also the choice of how to start the process. There are several avenues to pursue when potential adopters begin their search. There are many agencies that work with needy children, as well as private agencies that offer international adoptions, and each state has its own foster care system.

One last consideration may be whether to seek an open or closed adoption. A closed one does not permit any  contact regarding the birth parents. Many agencies are encouraging open adoptions as it permits the child to have an understanding of where he or she came from. This is a personal choice that each family can decide for itself. California residents who are considering opening their hearts and homes to a child in need may be best served by contacting a family law attorney in order to ensure a smooth and rewarding process for both parents and child.

Source:, "What Anyone Considering Adoption Should Know", Erin Celletti, Dec. 23, 2017

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