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Why should people consider adoption?

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One of the best reasons to adopt is to provide a child with a stable home and caring, supportive parents. Many children put up for adoption come from bad situations or have never lived in a secure home environment. People who open their hearts and homes to such children give them a new lease on life.

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Why should people consider adoption?
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Another good reason to adopt a child is to either start or expand a family. There are circumstances that prevent individuals and couples from conceiving a child naturally. Adoption is a viable alternative to infertility treatments. Many gay couples who cannot conceive naturally use adoption to start a family. Adoption is also a popular choice with single adults who wish to become parents, but don't have a partner. Bringing up an adopted child is an opportunity to experience parenthood and all that it entails.

There are some children lingering in foster care with no hope of returning to their homes. These children might have suffered abuse or some form of neglect, and they would love to be adopted. Becoming a foster parent is one road to adoption. Adoptive parents provide these needy children with discipline, understanding and emotional support. Both the adoptive parents and child are enriched by becoming a family unit.

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    What is the process for adoption?

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    Specific laws about adopting vary from state to state and depend on whether the child is adopted from foster care, a private adoption agency or an international adoption organization. Generally, the adoption process includes a formal application, a background check, a home visit, a personal evaluation, approval from the adoption agency and legal paperwork finalizing the adoption.

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    How can a person obtain adoption records?

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    Adoption records are confidential, and each individual state has control over access to the records. States close adoption records to the general public, and those requesting access must get court approval or have mutual consent from all involved in the adoption process.

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    What are the financial requirements for adoption in Michigan?

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    The only financial requirements for adoption in Michigan is that the adopting parent or parents have a steady source of income that can meet the needs of the family. Adoptive parents do not need to be rich; even parents that receive financial assistance can be considered for placement of a child.

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    Why is adoption good?

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    Adoption is often praised for its mutual benefit to all involved: the adoptive parents who want children but maybe cannot conceive; the birth mothers who cannot support children but opted against abortion; and the children themselves, who might otherwise grow up in an institution. This is often called "the triad of adoption."

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