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Being an adoptive parent

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Yulianna Topazly
15.08.17

What does it take to be an adoptive parent?


There are many parents who would love to adopt however do not believe they have the right qualities or do not know how or where to start, this blog will briefly inform you on how easy it can be to become an adoptive parent. 

Adoptive parents need the same qualities as any other parent. Adoption offers children the love, stability and security of family life they may not have experienced before. Have confidence that you have what it takes!

You will need to give your adopted child(ren) lots of individual time, understanding and support. Children who experience unmet physical and emotional needs early in life can have their later development adversely affected, perhaps requiring different parenting techniques to a birth child. That may sound daunting but there is plenty of support available, via your agency and voluntary support agencies.

On a practical level, you will need to be able to support a child financially, though you don’t have to be a millionaire or even be a homeowner. You can apply for tax credits and benefits to supplement your income when you adopt, and other financial help may also be available in the form of one-off or regular payments.

When you first adopt one partner will be expected to take time off work for between six and twelve months to help the child settle in. Your child will also need your ongoing support to help them understand about their birth family and why they were adopted. You will need to be able to help discuss their history with them in a respectful way and highlight the positives in their past.

adoption is a lifelong commitment requiring skill, empathy, energy, patience - and a sense of humour! but there can be no greater reward than transforming a child's life forever and building a happy, fulfilled family. 

For more information about becoming an adoptive parent visit : http://www.first4adoption.org.uk/being-an-adoptive-parent/what-does-it-take-to-be-an-adoptive-parent/