Are you thinking about adopting a child with special needs? Adopting a child with special needs isn’t without challenge, it takes commitment, skills, and patience. If you are, you will want to set up an appointment to talk with an experienced physician. An experienced physician can educate you and your family about the specific condition or conditions your child may have. There are guidelines that adoption agencies use to determine whether or not to mark the child as special needs.
- Does the child have physical or health problems?
- Are they older?
- Do they have a history of abuse or neglect?
- Does the child test positive for HIV?
- Do they have emotional problems?
- Does the child have documented conditions?
- Was the child prenatally exposed to drugs or alcohol?
Do you have the emotional, physical, and financial support at home and the resources to make you a successful adoptive parent? Here are the questions that you should discuss before making a final decision.
- How much contact with the birth relatives will I have?
- Do I have enough support from family and friends?
- Is my lifestyle flexible enough to handle a child with special needs?
- What mental, emotional, physical disabilities, or behavioral challenges can I handle?
The decision is easy to support a child with special needs once you understand them. Parents that can do that will be able to provide the best care possible. You and your child will have a positive look on life and will have an easier time when dealing with certain issues. The best reward for any child is the love you and your family can provide.
William Shakespeare concludes, “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”
At ABC for Adoption, we want to help you with the smooth transition with your new child.
Our mission is to ensure permanent homes with loving adoptive families for children placed in our care. We have professionals to guide you through that process. Please call us anytime at 847-821-2901 or email your questions