Honestly Assessing Older Adoption

To me, choosing to become a parent was not that difficult. I was born to the role. I had known since the age of 19 I was infertile, so deciding to adopt when I met my husband at age 37 was not too challenging a choice. That said, deciding to adopt our three little ones at the age of 51 was much more difficult.

Dear Hubby, in particular, was worried about saddling them with such “old” parents. I told him it was just the other end of the spectrum– they had started out with very young parents. Why not try the other side?

I was making light of a difficult decision. We actually did take several things into consideration which might be helpful for someone else contemplating “older parent” adoption.

I would not dissuade people from adopting based on their age. I think it is completely a matter of being honest about your own limits, looking at the risks and making sure it is something you truly want to do. If your answer is still yes, enjoy the ride!