One of the big drawbacks when it comes to adoption is the cost involved. Not all couples are able to come up with the funding required. They also know it can be a long wait to get their hands on a child to call their own. This is why many couples turn to foster care programs. Through this type of scenario, children that have been removed from their homes will go into the foster care system. The length of time that a child remains in the foster care family’s home will depend on the reasons why they were removed to begin with.
Many of these children though end up being ready for adoption down the road. The parents may not comply with what they are required by law to do. Therefore they don’t get their children returned to them. Some of these parents end up incarcerated and they don’t have family to care for their children. Another scenario is that some choose to sign away their parental rights and to give their child up for good.
When any of these circumstances occur, the state hates to remove these children from the foster care they have been in. They don’t want these children to have to start all over again. Therefore the chance to adopt these children by the foster care parents is often given. That would mean the child would become a permanent family member instead of a temporary resident.
When you do foster care you are working with these children every single day. Therefore you already have a very good idea of what you would be getting yourself into with adoption. You will know if you are ready to make such a serious commitment or not at that time. By the same token, you will already have a relationship with the child in your care. You will be able to decide if that is a child you would want to care for permanently or not.
Most of the time the state will help to cover the costs involved in getting the adoption process completed. There are several reasons why they do this. First, when a child is placed in foster care, the state is paying each month for their care. When the adoption process is complete they don’t have that financial obligation anymore. They also don’t need to work with the family or do home visits.
Therefore allowing foster care families to adopt these children means that the state can save money. With the many budget cuts always taking place in this type of service, saving money any way possible is very important. Second, they already know that these families are really ready to care for such children on an ongoing basis. They have already been doing so successfully.
In some states there are post foster care adoption follow ups that occur, but this depends on the regulations that are in place. The fact that these parents have already been evaluated and background checks done before they could be certified for foster care is also something to consider. The state doesn’t have to start this type of documentation and evaluations from scratch again in order to find a home for these children.
While you may have to pay some court fees for the filing of the adoption paperwork, most of the expense will be covered for you. The amount of money you will need to pay to complete foster care adoption depends on the location where you live. Take some time to find out what those fees would include.
If you are interested in foster care adoption, contact your local department of Human Services. They can explain to you how to get started with this process. You do need to remember though that there is no guarantee the children placed in your care will on day be ready to be adopted. Many of them are returned to their own parents when it is safe. However, this is definitely a method of adoption that can be possible and also affordable for you so look into it.