Adopting a child can sometimes have some unexpected challenges. For one, the adoption process is long and usually involves a lot of waiting, like waiting for medical clearance, waiting for approval from the adoption agency, and waiting to be placed with a child.
Adoption, in particular international adoption, can also be quite expensive because of the travel and other necessities involved.
It can also be difficult at first to break down barriers that you may face when you finally do adopt a child. They may have a different culture or background than you do, so that may take some adjustment. And then there's the question of whether you'd like them to have contact with their birth parents.
This can be an emotional subject for everyone involved, and the situation could leave you, the child or their birth parents feeling insecure or unsure about where they fit into each other’s lives.
In addition, some parents and children may have a little trouble bonding at first. There will usually be a period of adjustment that can last longer for some adoptive families. A counselor who specializes in adoption may be able to help provide your family with insight on how to improve communication and form a stronger emotional bond.
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