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Steps to take to make adopting from foster care easier

If you're adopting a child out of foster care, you know there are going to be challenges along the way. There are, however, a few crucial things you can do to make the process easier.

First, be sure that you talk to the foster parents extensively. Find out about what the child is like, what the situation is like, and the things they've learned. They can give you a lot of information so you don't have to learn everything on the fly.

Next, if the child has been in multiple homes, find out why the moves happened. This can help you anticipate certain issues and understand the child's situation a bit better.

It's also wise to ask health questions, and you may even want to look into what the child's mother did while pregnant. Did she smoke or drink? Could there be issues linked to these activities?

Of course, you also want to know about the child's current medical state, including what illnesses he or she may have had, possible allergies, and the like. This helps you plan effectively.

Finally, it can help to know if the child has worked with professional caregivers in any fashion. For instance, did the child have to spend an extensive amount of time getting high-level medical care? Did the child have to see a psychologist or a therapist? When did these visits happen and how long did they last?

One of the advantages of adoption is that you can already know a lot about the child when he or she enters your life. As you ask these questions and prepare, make sure you also carefully look into the legal steps that you'll need to take.

Source: Creating a Family, "23 Crucial Questions You Must Ask When Adopting From Foster Care," Dawn Davenport, accessed Nov. 10, 2016

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