If you would like to adopt a baby, but don't have to have a newborn infant, consider opening your heart and home to a toddler from South Korea. Here are the basics to help you decide if this is the right path for your family.
Be Open To Adopting A Boy
The culture in South Korea is such that if a well-to-do Korean family is going to adopt a child, they have a strong preference for a girl. The reasons are varied, but there is the feeling that if an adoptive child has any issues, because girls tend to be more docile and submissive, there won't be as many issues. They simply believe little girls are easier to raise and less rebellious than boys. Daughters also don't represent any inheritance issues in the Korean culture. Additionally, a daughter is more likely to stay close to the extended family, providing care for her elders.
Be Open To A Toddler
Because of the amount of time it takes to find a suitable family for each child, children are frequently 1-2 years old before the entire process is complete. Therefore, newborns and infants are rarely available.
Be Open To Minor Medical Issues
Most infants and toddlers available for adoption are perfectly healthy, however some babies do have medical issues. Many times, these are easily corrected problems, but sometimes they will be a persistent issue, such as Down's Syndrome. A pre-adoption medical review will be provided before the adoption process progresses so you are fully aware if any medical conditions are present.
Be Open To A Background Check
Understandably, an adoption agency will conduct an extensive investigation on both prospective parents as well as any other household members. This will include a criminal background check and financial investigation. Additionally, you may be asked to prove you are mentally fit.
Be Open To A Home Study
A social worker will be assigned to you prior to adoption from an agency. They will come and interview you, getting a feel for the family dynamics that are currently in place. They will also ensure your home is a safe and clean environment that is suitable for raising a child.
Be Open To Parenting Classes
Most adoption agencies require prospective parents to attend a series of classes that will prepare your for parenthood. While some families who already have children may not need a class on the basics, such as how to change a diaper, classes will also adjust issues such as attachment disorder, trauma issues, and separation and anxiety issues the child may experience when they leave their foster family. It can be an overwhelming experience, for both the child and the new parents, so it is important to participate in these classes.
For further information on adoption, visit the website for ABBA Adoption.
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