Though it’s far easier in today’s world to adopt as a single parent than it was 50 year ago (you couldn’t do it then), it’s still not a simple process. Many agencies will simply not work with you and others will give priority to couples seeking to adopt. Here are some tips from single parents who have successfully adopted.
One of the significant concerns from adoption professionals is the fact that single parents typically have only one source of income. If that income goes away—a job is lost or the parent cannot work—the child may not have his or her material needs met. Accordingly, you want to prepare in advance. Try to get 3-6 months worth of expenses into savings, so that you have something to meet your needs in the event of a temporary job loss. Determine how much time you will need to take off from work when your adopted child first comes home with you, and put money away to cover that time period.
Build a Network of Support
Raising a child is hard work and can wear you out emotionally and physically. When there are two parents, it’s much easier to get a break. If you are a single parent, you’ll want to find family and friends who can offer you the same type of respite on an occasional basis. Otherwise, you may develop some resentment that your child has left you no time for yourself.
Be Prepared for the Social Stigma Associated with Single Parenting
Though the acceptance of divorce has made single parenting more prevalent, there’s still a common perception that there must be two parents in the home to raise a well-adjusted and emotionally healthy child. To get a different perspective, look for single parent groups in your area, or get to know other single parents, so that you can share successes and failures together, and see that you are not alone.
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