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The Four Factors of Adoption

The four primary factors to consider when deciding which type adoption of adoption is best for you are: age, race, medical/health and cost.

Age as a factor includes your age, the age of the child you want to adopt, and the age of other children in your home. Do you want to adopt a child of the same race or are you open to adopting a child of a different race? What are the health risks of an individual child and how much medical history will you have about the child and her birthparents.

Adoption costs include not only the cost to complete an adoption but long term care of a child. Compare cost and understand the differences in services you may be receiving.

Secondary factors include: travel, time frame to complete an adoption, matching process, available children, which child can you parent, program requirements, your health, other children in the home, career and childcare options.

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