Many adoptive parents choose to adopt a newborn domestically. The reasons may vary, but the challenges in domestic infant adoption often have similar types of themes.

The primary concern for adoptive parents is that the birth mother (and/or birth father) may decide at some point in the process to keep the baby and parent. However, on a more reassuring note, once the adoption is complete, less than one percent are ever legally contested.

Costs are likely to vary tremendously and can be unpredictable if the adoptive parents choose to fund the birth mother’s needs and expenses throughout the length of her entire pregnancy. There are multiple unknowns at the outset of the agreement, even within the parameters of a limited agreement, because medical costs will greatly fluctuate and a set figure is not able to gauge the huge amount of physical factors that a pregnancy typically involves. The biological mother’s personal needs may shift tremendously depending on her health.

Depending on the route the adoptive parents decide that they are going to take, they may need to put together an adoption profile. This is not as common with older children or international adoptions.

Every adoption process has its own risks and its own variables. Consider which options are the best for you and your family and always do your own research so that you can make a well-informed choice as to whether you want to do a domestic or international adoption if you want to use an adoption agency, your age preference for the child you plan on adopting, and other crucial components.



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