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How to Adopt a Homeless Child

By Diane Majors ; Updated April 18, 2017
There are thousands of homeless children available for adoption.

Unfortunately, there are many homeless children around the world. In some cases, children and babies are abandoned, or their parents die, and they are left alone. Some children become homeless due to neglect or poor living conditions in their former home. There are numerous rewards that come from adopting a homeless child, but it can also be a stressful and lengthy process for both the child and the adoptive family to undergo . However, there are many ways to make the entire experience as straightforward and stress-free as possible.

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Decide if you would like to have an open adoption or a private adoption. The difference between these two types of adoption is that with a private adoption, there is no contact made between the birth parents and the adopted parents. Depending on the situations and the reason for the adoption in the first place, this can make it easier. With an open adoption at least one of the birth parents is in contact with the adopting parents. They keep in touch and interact with each other and sometimes even share custody.

Understand the risks involved. It is possible that the adoption may not be fully completed, and they can also take a very long time, sometimes years, to complete. This can be very frustrating and stressful for a couple that wants to have a child very badly.

Set up an appointment with an adoption agency, either a private one or a public one. One of the main differences in these two is the cost. Public agencies tend to be cheaper, but they also have much longer wait times. Private agencies have a shorter wait time, but the fees can range up into the thousands.

Fill out the adoption application after the initial interview with the agency of your choice. Very personal questions are on this application, so be prepared. You need to provide personal references and a criminal background check.

Schedule a home screening with a social worker. The worker will come to your home to evaluate the environment and make sure that it is a safe and nurturing place for a child.

Enroll in parenting classes. Parenting classes are a must after the home assessment is completed.

Meet and interact with children who are available for adoption. This interaction serves as a basis for determining if or how a particular child will be able to happily live with you and your family. In some cases, it can take months or even years to find a match with a child that you have a strong bond with.

File the papers to complete the adoption once you have been matched with a child. The final step in the adoption process is to file all and any legal petitions.

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About the Author

Diane Majors has been a freelance writer since 2001. Her experience includes working as an associate editor and writer for her college newspaper, as well as authoring e-books, ad copy and marketing materials for various companies and clients. Majors is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in journalism.

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