Adoption can be a good option if you want to become a parent but wish to remain single and independent. More people, from celebrities to ordinary Americans, are adopting without a spouse or domestic partner.
In Washington, no law exists barring singles from adopting a child. Still, a single-parent adoption is a serious matter. Learning about some pros and cons may help you decide if it is right for you.
Pro: Control over the process
As a single person, you don’t have to consult with a spouse as you choose the type of adoption (independent, agency-managed, etc.) you want to pursue and be the sole decision-maker. You will also have control over the upbringing of your child.
Con: Risk of economic hardships
Living on a single income can be challenging, with or without children. After adopting, you will be responsible for your child’s medical, educational and other expenses. You may also need time off from work when you bring your child home and when they get sick, so have a plan to cover any loss of income.
Pro: Giving and receiving love
You probably have much to offer. With so many children in need of a stable, loving home, you can expect to enjoy many personal rewards as a single parent. Giving one-on-one love to a child and receiving it back from them is one of the greatest rewards.
Con: The responsibilities will be challenging
As an adoptive parent, your responsibilities will increase dramatically almost overnight. Along with possible financial strain, you will face more physical, mental and emotional demands than before. It’s crucial to make sure that you’re prepared for these new responsibilities.
It can also help to ensure that you understand Washington’s adoption laws. That’s one reason having experienced legal guidance is important.