What Do I Need to Know About Special Needs Adoption?

Adoption.com Original Video | Domestic Adoption Answers

Denalee Chapman September 04, 2015

When adopting through an agency, and often through foster care, a questionnaire usually accompanies the application. Included in the questionnaire is a list of special needs that you would be willing to consider in the child you adopt.

Prior mental preparation for hopeful adoptive parents is essential. What kind of needs can I care for? What time commitment can I make? Will my heart be able to handle a child who may not have long to live? Am I willing to learn ways to care for a child with special conditions?

One panelist determined that, after a specific experience, she would “not see the need before seeing the child” any longer. Instead, she would look at the child and consider, “is this my child?” When it feels right, perhaps a special need that accompanies the child may not be as hard to care for as one might think.

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Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at DenaleeChapman.com.

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