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The Pros And Cons Of Domestic Adoptions

Nov 5, 2007
There are two main types of adoptions, namely domestic adoptions and international adoptions. In this article we are going to be specifically looking at the pros and cons of domestic adoptions.

The first advantage of domestic adoptions is that the cost for adopting a child is often less than for international adoptions. If you are going through your state domestic adoptions can cost very little. In addition the travel costs for domestic adoptions are greatly reduced.

Another of the pros of domestic adoptions is the fact that generally very little, if any, travel is required. For international adoptions long periods overseas may be required and this could mean time away from other family members, work, and other home comforts.

One of the pros of domestic adoptions for many couples is the ability to get a newborn baby. Due to the time required to complete an international adoption, a couple will not generally have this choice if they are adopting internationally.

The cons of domestic adoptions include the fact that the procedural requirements are generally stricter and may also include going to a large number of classes for adoptive parents.

There may also be less availability of children when considering domestic adoptions as compared to international adoptions, especially if you want a child from a minority race group.

Other cons to domestic adoptions include the fact that the birth mother may change her mind about who she wants to adopt her child up until quite a late stage. Although this generally does not happen after the adoption has taken place it can happen after the adoptive parents are expecting the child and so get disappointed by suddenly losing the child they were expecting.

The domestic adoption process also often includes putting together a parents' profile which includes photos of the prospective family for the birth mother to choose. For some families this may present problems, for example, if the prospective parents are slightly older (or look older) or feel that something in their appearance would cause them to be discarded as an option then they may prefer to go for an international adoption where this is not necessary and the birth mother or those deciding on who the child is to go to do not get to see the photos of the parents beforehand.

In conclusion, there are pros and cons to domestic adoptions. Domestic adoptions are generally cheaper than international adoptions, less travel is included and one is able to adopt a newborn baby. The cons of domestic adoptions include the fact that there may be less availability of children, the procedural requirements are harsher and the birth mother may change her mind quite late in the procedure about who she wants to adopt her child. When considering domestic adoptions versus international adoptions it is important to take these factors into consideration.

Your last option for recourse is simply to adopt an older child. Adoptive parents and adopted children can often form bonds that are just as strong as those formed between biological parents and children, even when the child is older and has a better idea of what is going on.
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