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3 Things to Consider When Adopting as a Single Parent in Illinois

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Naperville adoption lawyer single parentIn the United States, non-traditional families are becoming more common and more widely accepted. These types of families include those with step-parents and step-children, same-sex couples, and grandparents raising their grandchildren. Also included in the non-traditional category are single-parent families in which either the mother or father solely raises the child. Traditionally, adoptions usually took place when a couple was married, but now more adoption agencies are helping non-traditional families to adopt as well. Pursuing adoption as a single parent can be extremely challenging and can test your dedication, which is why it is important to consider the following questions and fully understand how your life will change if you choose to adopt.

1. Do You Have a Support System?

It has often been said that it takes a village to raise a child, and in the case of the single parent, this could not be more true. Your support system will be crucial to your parenting success. The support of your family and friends can be invaluable when issues arise, and the help they can provide may include:

  • Helping you take care of your child when he or she is sick.
  • Picking up your child from school if you are not able to do so.
  • Watching your child if emergencies arise.
  • Taking guardianship of your child in the event of your death. 

2. Is Your Job Family-Friendly?

Though it is not necessarily required, having a family-friendly job can ease the burden of being a working parent. When you have a child, sometimes there are emergencies that require you to leave work at a moment’s notice. If your employer is understanding about these kinds of situations, it will make your life much easier. You should also consider how much time your job requires of you and how much time your child will require of you. 

3. Can You Afford to Raise a Child by Yourself?

In today’s world, many families rely on two incomes to support themselves. As a single parent, you will be dependent on one income. While you do not have to be rich to adopt a child and be a loving parent, you do have to consider the expenses that adopting a child brings. Not only do you have to pay for legal costs involved in finalizing the adoption, but you should also consider expenses such as:

  • Daycare for younger children when you are working.
  • After-school care or summer camps for school-aged children.
  • Medical expenses.
  • Extracurricular activities.
  • Educational expenses.

Work With a Compassionate DuPage County Adoption Lawyer

Many single people think they will not be able to have children if they do not have a partner, but the reality is that many agencies are now open to letting single parents adopt. Though single-parent adoption is more widely accepted than it used to be, there are still hindrances that must be overcome, which is why it is essential to work with a skilled Wheaton family law attorney. By contacting Anderson & Associates, P.C., you can have peace of mind knowing your attorney is dedicated to your adoption case. Call our office at 630-653-9400 to set up a free consultation.

Sources:

https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/single_parent.pdf

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