In preparation to adopt a child with special needs, potential parents should first educate themselves as to the specific needs your child may have. Members of this panel talk about the truth that special needs are varied and specific. While one set of parents may be able to easily care for a child with one special need, another set of parents might have difficulty, but would be easily able to care for a child with different needs.

These parents are quick to tell you to not be scared off by the term “special needs.” Sometimes that term is used simply for a child who is a little older and has been waiting longer. So, as you consider adoption, if a child with any kind of special needs might be an option for you, do your homework and see how you can best help a child, and what child will best fit in with your family.